An Excursion into the Interior from the Cape of Good Hope

Title

An Excursion into the Interior from the Cape of Good Hope

Description

This volume slips between genres almost at each turn of the page. Visually striking, it begins with a frontispiece depicting "The Genius of Jamaica Attended by the Head Devil of the Occidental Press," and several other woodcuts scattered throughout. A sarcastic and caustic dedication to "The most illustrious and right dulcet, the Isle of Jamaica," is signed "Your Grace's most devoted, but certainly, not very partial, admirer." A preface addresses the reader thus: "tho' I have let loose my thoughts on the great African mountains, it was done merely for thy amusement and information - but if thou shouldst wantonly hurt, torture, or murder them, or even commit an unprovoked or unjustifiable assault and battery on any of them - the GRAND COURT IS OPEN  - nay, is even now SITTING, and in judice lis most certainly erit!" What a way to preempt the critics!

Even the contents of the book are difficult to place - describing a journey taken from Jamaica, through Africa, to the Cape of Good Hope, it is not immediately clear whether this narrative is fictional or factual. There are even botanical investigations accompanying the driving narrative story. This utterly fascinating volume absolutely defies clear or easy categorization.

Title as Issued

An Excursion into the Interior from the Cape of Good Hope

Publication

[Jamaica, 1799?]

Category

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Citation

“An Excursion into the Interior from the Cape of Good Hope,” The Caribbeana Project at AAS, accessed February 9, 2023, https://www.americanantiquarian.org/caribbeana/items/show/124.

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