Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1859. Hardcover. Very Good. 16mo - over 5 3/4 - 6 3/4" tall. Revised edition. 138 pp, illustrated with engravings and a map. Original blind stamped cloth. Edges rubbed, some loss of cloth at spine ends. Several of the illustrations have been partially colored (probably relatively recently). Includes some first-person tales (shipwreck, robbery by pirates, imprisonment in a Tripoli jail, crossing the desert with General Eaton's expedition), descriptive information (Egypt, Morocco and Algiers, Cape Colony, the Hottentots, wild animals ), and notable historic incidents (exploration of Mungo Park, Captain Riley's Shipwreck, etc).
Catalogue 1: Africa
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London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1946. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good. viii, 61 pp, with 11 illustrations and a map. Original stapled wrappers toned around the edges, text block detached from wraps, else very good. Aimed at British schoolchildren in Northern Rhodesia to help foster "good relations and understanding between the European and the African." Includes a handy list of "dos and don'ts " ("Don't call the African a Nigger" ; "Don't presume that the African is your inferior because he has a black skin").
London: L.B. Seeley, 1820. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Bound volume containing 6 single issues of the Missionary Register, 312 pp in total, publishing reports on the activities of missionaries around the world. Includes detailed reports on labors in West Africa (with commentary on the slave trade), Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Contemporary cloth binding shows considerable wear; cloth is torn along the front joint. Binding remains quite sound and contents clean and bright. Bookplate of Captain Hercules Robinson of the Royal Navy on the front pastedown.
New York: George H. Doran. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Undated . 373 pp, with 33 illustrations from photographs and 3 maps. Front hinge repaired, else a fine copy in the original dust jacket, which has one internal tape repair. Dan Crawford (1870-1926) was a Scottish missionary who spent 37 years in Africa and identified unusually strongly with Africans and their culture. Here he retraces David Livingstone's last journey, sharing a wealth of information about the land and the people.
London: Frank Cass and Co., Ltd, 1966. Hardcover. Fine. Second edition, reprinting the 1853 edition with a new Introduction by K.A. Busia. Two Volumes, uniformly bound in red cloth with black spine labels, with clear vinyl dust jackets. Both volumes clean and tight. Cruikshank served in the area from 1834-1854 and was a member of the first Legislative Council of the Gold Coast, as well as the first Collector-General of the colony. The work offers insight into the judicial system, music, religion, dance, and social customs of the native people.
Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1859. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. xv, 256 pp, with frontis portrait of Mrs. Hoffman. Recently rebound in black buckram. Mercantile library stamps on frontis and title page, as well as the margin of three text pages. Otherwise quite clean. Virginia Hale Hoffman was born in Glastonbury, CT in 1832. She married In 1850, she went to Liberia with her husband, Reverend Cadwalader Colden Hoffman, who was a member of the Episcopal mission. In Cavalla, Liberia, she learned the local language (Grebo) and supported the mission by teaching and working among the flock. She died of a pulmonary ailment in 1856, and here she is described as "worthy to be added to the catalogue of these martyrs for Christ [who include women such as Harriet Newell and Anne Hazeltine Judson] and the cause of the world's conversion."
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. xi, 230 pp, with 32 plates. Publishers beige cloth with black lettering, red and black vignette of men rowing a boat. Spine toned, corners rubbed through, some fraying. Bookplate on front pastedown, else unmarked and sound. No dust jacket. Davis recounts his journey through the Congo to the east coast of Africa. One chapter describes hunting hippopotamus and crocodile on the Kasai River (Czech, p. 75).
London: John Murray, 1826. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Two volumes in one. lxvii, 335; 269 pp, complete with 38 engraved plates (1 colored) and maps (1 folding), 6 wood-engraved vignettes in the text. Rebound in red buckram with leather spine label, date erroneously printed as 1836 at foot. Occasional minor foxing and offsetting, one closed tear to map.In hopes of tracing the course of the Niger River, Denham's expedition crossed the desert along the long-established Sahara trade route to the kingdom of Bornu (later Nigeria), a route littered with the skeletons of thousands of slaves abandoned there over the centuries. They sighted Lake Chad and reached the capital of Bornu, where they were welcomed by a spectacular array of some five thousand horsemen sent by the Muslim prophet who ruled Bornu in the king's name. Though delighted to meet them, he refused to let them continue their explorations, lest they meet some misadventure for which he would be blamed. Ultimately, the expedition returned to England having failed to find the Niger, but having opened much of north central Africa to European knowledge. Written in a lively style, and embellished with engravings of Denham's own sketches, this account became one of the classics of its genre (DNB). Denham was later appointed lieutenant-governor of the colony of Sierra Leone, where he died of the African fever in 1828.
London: Frank Cass & Co., 1968. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Reprint of the 1910 edition. 235 pp, with index, illustrations, and folding map of the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria in 1910. Sunning to base of spine, else a fine copy. Dust jacket is toned at the spine and has moderate wear to the top edge. "A valuable source of oral tradition, which [Dennett] recorded meticulously, and a fascinating insight into the early attempts to describe and categorize African systems of thought" (jacket).
New York: Harper and Brothers. Hardcover. Near Fine. Later printing, c. 1890s. 314 pp, with 24 illustrations and a sketch map of part of western Africa. Inscribed with a line from the text and signed and dated by Du Chaillu in December 1900. Spine toned but fully legible, with mild wear to the tips; else a fine copy. Du Chaillu was a prolific traveler and anthropologist who gained fame in the 1860s as the first modern outsider to confirm the existence of gorillas. Later he was first to describe the Pygmy people of central Africa (a report received with much skepticism). This book is an account of Du Chaillu's second trip to Africa, in 1863, on which he concerned himself primarily with studying native culture. Signed copies are rare. Although it is not marked as such, this copy comes from the library of Kermit Roosevelt.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. viii, 322 pp, including a chronology of du Chaillu's life. Original decorative cloth with gold paper label on spine. Decorative endpapers, color frontispiece. Bump to one corner, mild spine slant. No dust jacket. French anthropologist Paul du Chaillu was the first to describe the Pygmy people of Central Africa, as well as the first modern outsider to confirm the existence of gorillas.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated, c. 1898. xxx, 299 pp, illustrated. Original green cloth; Some rubbing/abrasion to boards, fraying to spine ends. Binding tight, hinges secure, text unmarked. Burrows served several years in British Army in India. After his retirement, he was recruited to serve as a District Commander in the Congo Free State. During his three years at the post, he devoted considerable time to the study of the region's little known native tribes, including the Mangbettou, Ababwas, Azande, Maigoes, Mabode, and Mongvus. The book also includes a chapter on elephant hunting near the Well River (Czech p. 47).
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1922. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 309 pp, with 41 illustrations and a folding map. Original red cloth. Mild sunning to spine, edges of map chipped, else fine. Account of culture, folklore and fetishism among the tribes West Central Africa."Treats of the Ba-Congo of Northern Angola, bounded on the north by the Congo, on the east by the Kwilu and Kwangu Rivers in the east, down as far as S. Paul de Loanda, with the Atlantic on the west."
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1923. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 316 pp, indexed, with 47 illustrations (most from photographs) and 3 maps (1 folding). Publisher's orange cloth stamped in black, with image of a native with bow and arrow on the front board. Some dust soiling, spine lightly sunned, occasional foxing. Ethnographic study of the Bakonde and their neighbors inhabiting the Kasempa District of Northern Rhodesia. Discusses tribal customs surrounding childhood, marriage, puberty and pregnancy, and death and burial; religious practices, witchcraft, divination, charms and talismans, omens and dreams, hunting, warfare, etc. Also includes a chapter on the Kongamoto, a mysterious, pterosaur-like flying animal that today remains a subject of cryptozoological speculation.
New York and London: George H. Doran and William Heinemann, 1912. Hardcover. Very Good. xiv, 500 pp, indexed, with color frontispiece, numerous illustrations, and a large folding map of the Oban District, Southern Nigeria. Original green cloth with gilt lettering, mounted illustration. Corners lightly bumped, cloth torn at head of spine, all else very good. Talbot (1877-1945) was a botanist, anthropologist, and explorer in the service of the Nigerian Political Service. He and his wife traveled extensively in the Oban District and the Cameroon to study the Ekoi people, reporting in this volume on their religious and ceremonial practices, warfare, folklore, gender roles, etc. There are detailed appendices about taboos, anthropometry, language, botany, zoology, mineralogy, meteorology and geography.
Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, 1913. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 316 pp, with 32 photographic plates and a folding map. Publisher's orange cloth stamped in gilt. Moderate foxing, else clean and sound. Torday describes his extensive travels in the Congo between 1900 and 1907, offering detailed observations on the folklore and customs of the tribes he encountered. "While this is primarily important as an ethnological study...there are incidents of hunting lion, leopard, hippopotamus, and buffalo" (Czech, p. 285).
London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. xvi, 17-341 pp + publisher's ads, with 38 photographic illustrations and a folding map of northern Nigeria. Publisher's orange cloth stamped in gilt. Boards lightly soiled, corners rubbed, bookplate on front pastedown. Tremearne was an Australian-born anthropologist and folklorist who held several military and civil appointments in West Africa. In an unenlightened show of enlightenment, he writes that one aim of this book is "to show how much the uncivilized natives of Northern Nigeria resemble some other aboriginal races, possibly even our own ancestors and, incidentally, to prove that they are by no means as black in many ways as they are painted."
London: Swan Sonnenschein and Co., 1900. Hardcover. Good. Second edition, issued in one volume. xiv, 512 pp, with index, illustrations, and 8 colored maps (5 folding). Original blue pictorial cloth, with some abrasion to front board, moderate edgewear. U.S. Torpedo Naval Station bookplate on front pastedown and blind stamp on plates and maps. Binding sound but not as tight as it could be; contents clean. A historical survey of British exploration, trade, and governance in West Africa, covering Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ashanti, Nigeria, the Fulah Empire, exploration of and trade on the Niger, the slave trade, missionaries, etc.
Dayton, Ohio: Trustees of the United Brethren Printing Establishment, 1857. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. iv, 5-143 pp, with index, frontis portrait of the author. Original brown cloth boards. Chipping to spine ends, foxing to front and end matter, penciled notes on one page. Flickinger was one of the first three missionaries sent to Africa on behalf of the Church of the Brethren, arriving in Freetown, Liberia in 1855. Rather than a traditional narrative of missionary labors, his account is intended to acquaint readers with the condition and character of the people--with short sections on laws and government, labor and farming, cooking and eating, etiquette, religious ceremonies, amusements, etc.--and concluding with an assessment of "what the gospel will do" should it be fully introduced.
New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 223 pp, illustrated with line drawings by Oliver Whitwell Wilson. Brown pictorial cloth; no dust jacket. Private library stamp on title page and bookplate on front pastedown, brief gift inscription on front flyleaf; otherwise a lovely copy with minimal wear. Folklore of the Bura people of northeastern Nigeria. Say Boas in the introduction "Folk tales...are of particular interest because they illustrate with great clarity the mode of thought, the homely wisdom, and the ethical concepts of the people. In Africa, more than among other so-called primitive tribes, many a tale illustrates a proverb relating to the proper everyday behavior. The Negro is fond of moralizing by means of moralizing tales."
Boston: Richard G. Badger, Gorham Press, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 250 pp. Pictorial cloth boards stamped in gilt. Lower corners bumped, previous owner's notation on rear pastedown, spine lightly rubbed. Tales from the Mpongwe, Benga and Fang tribes, with short note on pronunciation and an index of the names of animals in different Bantu dialects.
London: Hollis and Carter, 1950. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Second impression. 343 pp, indexed, with illustrations, map endpapers. One corner bumped, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has a subtle stain and one short tear. Charles de Foucauld was a French monk who established a mission among the Tuareg people of southern Algeria where "for fifteen years he labored amid incredible hardships and solitude--and never made a convert." His solitary life of service has proved be a lasting inspiration to Catholic fraternal organizations and religious communities.
New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons and T. Werner Laurie. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. . 404 pp, indexed, illustrated with frontis portrait and plates from photographs. Publisher's blue cloth stamped in gilt, with image of two native boys on the front board. Map endpapers. Light rubbing to extremities, spine slightly toned, else a fine copy. Gaunt, a native of Australia, decided she would make a living by writing after the death of her husband at an early age. She traveled to gather material, and wrote books about China, Turkestan, Siberia, and the Caribbean in addition to West Africa. Robinson (Wayward Women, pp181-82) says she was "down-to-earth, sympathetic, observant, tenacious, and adventurous...She was like Mary Kingsley in her disapproval of missionary methods and in questioning the Imperial Spirit held sacred by pre-Great War Britain, and like Miss Kingsley, too in that her books are an entertainment and an education."
New York: McBride Books, 1962. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. 278 pp, illustrated, in original cloth. A clean, tight copy with some spotting to top edge of the text block. In the British dust jacket (Putnam), which has light soiling to the rear panel. Attempts to sort fact from myth on subject such as black magic, native clairvoyance, rainmaking, witch doctors and tribal medicine, firewalkers, snake charmers, etc. One of the scarcest of Green's many works on Africa.