Sketches of character, in illustration of the habits, occupation, and costume of the negro population in the Island of Jamaica, drawn after nature and in lithography by I. M. Belisario


Date: 1837



Originally issued in 3 parts. Although twelve parts were promised in the first part, no trace can be found that more than three were ever produced. Abbey states that is was obvious that from the last part that he artist was finding it difficult to get fresh material and it was clear that there was a declining interest and support for the book. The first part is more often found; the second part is more rare; and the third part almost never found.

The plates are mainly costume, but also include some Jamaican trades like chimneysweep, milk-woman, water-jar sellers and several plates connected with the band of the Jaw-Bone and the House John-Canoe. Colas erroneously says that only eight plates were published.

Cover title: Belisario's Sketches of Character in Jamaica 1837.

Book preceded by a list of subscribers where we find all the dignitaries of the colony; published at: "Kingston: published by the artist, at his residence, No. 21, King Street, 1837"

[16] pages, [13] color plates: 8 lithographs and 5 original laminated watercolors.

Binding is burgundy semi-binding on marbled beige cardboard marbled beige-orange paper, assorted slices, golden slices


Abbey Travel 685; Colas 279; Cundall, Bibl. Jamaicensis 294; Bobins 01.

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Publisher: Kingston: Jamaica by the artist, London: Messrs Jas. Wallace & Co., Messrs. Smith & Clark...1837-38.




ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-08-08

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