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HUGHES, Griffith.

(1707? – 1758?)

(Born: 1707?; Died: 1758?) English naturalist.

Biographical references: Allibone, Dictionary of English Literature, 1859-71. BBA: I 583, 295-300; II 1561, 412-413. Watt, Bibliotheca Britannica, 1824. WBI.

1. English, 1750 [First edition].
The | Natural History | Of | Barbadoes. | [rule] | In Ten Books. | [rule] | By the Reverend | Mr. Griffith Hughes, A.M. | Rector of St. Lucy's Parish, in the said Island, and F.R.S. | [rule] | [ornament] | [double rule] | London: | Printed for the Author; | And sold by most Booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland. MDCCL.

4° in 2s: π2 a-c2 A2 2a2 B-Cc2 *Dd1 Dd-Rrr2 *Sss2 Sss-Mmmm2 χ2 Nnnn-Oooo2; ??l.; [16], vii, [1], 1-250, *251-*254, 251-314, [20] p., engraved double-page map of Barbados, a repeated head-engraving of Bridgetown and others of fruit and flowers, 30 engraved plates.

Contents: [2 pgs/=π1], Title page, verso blank.; [1 pg/=π2r], Dedication.; [1 pg/=π2v], Blank.; [10 pgs/= a1r-c1v], List of subscribers.; [1 pg/=c2r], "Contents."; [1 pg/=c2v], "Authors Quoted."; i-vii (=A1r-2a2r), "Preface."; [1 pg/=2a2v, Errata.; [Folding map of Barbados].; [1]-314, Text.; [7 pgs], Explanatory notes.; [1 pg], Blank.; [4 pgs], Addenda.; [7 pgs], Index.; [1 pg], Blank.

Very scarce. Hughes, who was Rector of St. Lucy's Parish, lived much of his life in Barbados. He had as his hobby, studying the natural history of this island. The accumulated observations of his life are contained in this beautifully illustrated and much praised work. Among his observations are descriptions of the islands geology and mineralogy.

Facsimile reprint, 1972: The Natural History of Barbados. New York, Arno Press, 1972. vii, 314 p., [28] leaves of plates, illus., folding map. [ISBN: 0405032854; Series: Research Library of Colonial Americana.].

Bibliographical references: Hunt Botanical Catalog: no. 536. LKG: XIV 899. Nissen (BBI): no. 950. Pritzel, Thesaurus Literaturæ Botanicæ, 1871-3: no. 4319. Sabin, Dictionary, 1868-1936: no. 33582. Wood, Literature of Vertebrate Zoology, 1931: p. 393.