Philadelphia: Published by the Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Undated, c. 1920. 71 pp + 1 p ads for other publications by the author and her husband, Revered Samuel K. Grimes. Side stapled booklet laid into (but formerly attached to) cloth boards. Lacks front free endpaper. Minor wear to boards, contents clean. Account of African-American Pentecostal missionaries to Liberia. After some time spent in Freetown and Monrovia, they settled in the village of Boporo. Unrecorded in OCLC.
Catalogue 1: Africa
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New York: Fleming H. Revell. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated, c. 1890. xix 537 pp, with many illustrations and 5 maps (two folding). Original blue cloth stamped in gilt. Spine slightly toned, with one small tear at the base. Binding sound, text unmarked. The author was an active evangelist who preached to a mixed crowd while on a tour of America with her husband, Henry Grattan Guinness, a member of the famous Irish brewing family. Together the two founded the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions, a training school for lay missionaries, 1872. Here she offers a useful and well illustrated historical survey of missionary endeavor in central Africa.
New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 316 pp, with 38 illustrations. Publisher's cloth binding; no dust jacket. Slight wear to spine ends, previous owner's name on front endpaper, else a fine copy. Account of the first crossing of the Sahara by automobile, a feat accomplished by the authors and their team in twenty days, driving special tracked vehicles manufactured by Citroen.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1853. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 12mo, pp. 304, , 6 ads; original cloth, spine faded, chipped at extremities, ex-library, with accession numbers on spine and a few small stamps in the text; good and sound. Hale (1788-1879), one of the first American novelists to write about slavery (in Northwood, 1827), advocated the return of freed slaves to the colony of Liberia. Mr. Peyton's Experiment portrays the misery of freed slaves' lives in the northern United States, in contrast to their peaceful and prosperous life in Liberia. A recent critic says the novel "not only narrates the founding of Liberia as a story of colonization, but.also colonizes Liberia as an imitation of America, replete with images of an open frontier, the Mayflower, and the planting of the American flag." Of particular value is the book's 58-page Appendix, which gathers "documents for the most part written by colored persons from and about Liberia" and also includes the Constitution of Liberia as well as the inaugural speech of President Roberts. BAL 6882, Sabin 29666.
Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated, c. 1843. From the tenth London edition, revised and corrected. xii, 392 pp +  pp publisher's ads. Text printed in double columns. Quarter red leather over marbled boards. Leather scuffed, rubbed through at corners. Owner's signature dated 1850 on front free endpaper. Binding solid, minor foxing, else clean. Account of the British diplomatic mission, led by Harris, to establish relations with the ancient Christian kingdom of Shoa in the highlands of Ethiopia. They succeeded in negotiating a commercial treaty and also collected considerable scientific data during the journey. Harris was knighted for his services in 1844.
New York: Standford and Swords, 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. xii, 300 pp, with folding map of Cape Palmas and the Adjacent Country. In original embossed brown cloth, but lacking the backstrip. Bookplate on front pastedown, moderate foxing throughout. Presents "leading historical facts of the mission of the Protestant Episcopal Church in western Africa" along with biographical sketches of many missionaries, drawn in part from their own journals.
Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publication Association, 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Library for Local Unions No. 2. 145 pp, bound in mustard cloth stamped in gilt and black, with marbled edges and decorative endpapers. Light wear/mottling to boards, else fine. Inscribed on the front flyleaf "Hon. Joseph N. Dolph, U.S. Senate. With the Compliments of the Author." Hornaday, an important naturalist and zoological collector, was abstemious in behavior and wrote this book against the sale of rum to African natives on behalf of the temperance cause.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First English edition. xvi, 520 pp with illustrations, index, folding map. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering. Corners bumped and rubbed, mild wear to bottom edge. Hourst explored the Niger from Timbuktu to the sea on behalf of the French government, adding much to knowledge of the river and the inhabitants of the surrounding areas.
New York: Frederick Praeger, 1963. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. 222 pp, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Small dent at base of spine visible on both book and jacket, light dust soil to edges; else fine. One of the few books on Yoruba religion written from a Yoruba viewpoint; "contains a considerable amount of material--songs and verses quoted with English translations--which has never before been recorded."
Toronto: Star Printing and Publishing, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Original blue cloth puckered in spots, rubbed through at corners and spine ends. Binding sound, contents clean. 353 pp, with 51 gravure plates, but lacking the folding map. The author traversed the Marotse country and visited the Gonye and Victoria Falls, and continued to Bechuanaland, Matabeleland, and Mashonaland (Mendelssohn I, p. 788). "Despite Johnston's hunter-like attire and pose in the frontispiece, this work is primarily one of travel.... He does embark on hunts after hartebeest, impala, and ostrich, and describes a lion hunt near Salisbury" (Czech p. 146).
Boston: James H. Earle, 1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 346 pp + 1 p ads. Original green cloth decorated in gilt and black. Mild spine slant, pages tanned, owner's name; else clean and sound. Authorship has been attributed to both Emily Melville Cox Kilvert and Ellen Margaret Cox Ramon. Melville B. Cox (b. 1799) was the first missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church to Africa, arriving in Liberia in 1833. A few weeks after his arrival, he held what may have been the first camp meeting ever conducted in Africa. He died of fever a few months later. A scarce account; 6 copies located in OCLC.
London: Saunders and Otley, 1855. Hardcover. Good. Second edition. 8vo, pp. x, , 331, , 4 (ads); folding map, 5 tinted lithographs, and a flawless, large folding map in cover pocket; original red cloth, top of spine badly chipped with loss (but no loss of lettering), cloth partially split along the front joint with minor loss of cloth, front hinge cracked, one plate loose (but present), the whole shaken; original red cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine. Contains accounts of many of the engagements and incidents in the campaign, as well as some information concerning the wreck of the Birkenhead, a vessel bringing reinforcements to the army in the field. There are also notes on "the character, habits, and customs of the various native races" Mendelssohn I, 829 (referring to the first edition of 1853); Abbey, Travel, 342.
London: Macmillan, 1901. Hardcover. Very Good. Second edition, with additional chapters. xxxii, 507 pp + 4 pp ads. Index, frontis portrait, 27 plates from photographs, folding map of Tropical West Africa. Foxing to front matter, small stain on spine, else clean and sound. No dust jacket. A follow-up to her Travels in West Africa (1897), this ambitious book outlined a new plan for the administration of the West African colonies that would give control to European trading interests (rather than bureaucrats) while incorporating African opinion and leaving native cultural, legal, and social organizations intact (DNB). The book also includes much new detail from her extensive studies of tribal customs (fetishism, witchcraft, medicine, religious practice) and natural history.
Edinburgh: T. Nelson and Sons, 1871. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. xii, -560 pp, with 66 illustrations (many full page). Publisher's dark red cloth decorated in black and gilt. Corners rubbed, some fraying at foot of spine, small hole in cloth at rear joint. Internals fine. Kingston authored many tales of adventure for boys over a long career. Like many of them, this one begins as a nautical tale, as the hero finds a job aboard a vessel that undergoes a series of misfortunes. Eventually he ends up ashore in Africa, where further adventures ensue, including crossings through jungle and desert and encounters with a variety of dangerous wildlife.
Boston: Dana Estes & Company, 1908. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. xvi, 345 pp, with 45 illustrations from photographs and a folding map. Introduction by Lieutenant-General Baden-Powell. Publisher's orange cloth stamped in gilt and illustrated in green and brown. Spine and top of front board sunned, small bookplate on front pastedown, else fine, with some pages unopened. Account of two women traveling alone. They landed in Mombasa and boarded the Uganda Railroad, stayed for some time in Entebbe, and then continued on to Der Es Salaam, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zanzibar. Includes a short chapter on the Chinese workers in the Rand gold mines of South Africa.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7 3/4 - 9 3/4" tall. xl, 464 pp, with folding map of East Africa, in original blind-stamped brown cloth. Very slight wear to corners and head of spine. Internally clean and sound, with a private library association bookplate on the front pastedown. An important work of African exploration, both for its wealth of ethnographic detail and for the geographical discoveries made on the expedition, including the snow-capped Mt. Kenya. Krapf's companion, Rebmann, had sighted Kilimanjaro the previous year (see Neate K47). Ravenstein's Appendix discusses "the snow-capped mountains of Eastern Africa; the sources of the Nile; the languages and literature of Abessinia and Eastern Africa...and a concise account of geographical researches in Eastern Africa up to the discovery of Uyenyesi by Dr. Livingstone" (Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 349, referring to the London edition).
Richmond, VA: Whittet & Shepperson, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 242 pp. Gray cloth boards with beveled edges, stamped in blind and gilt front board. Mild rubbing to corners, slight soiling. Inscribed on the front flylead in the Congo, probably by Lapsley's pioneering African-American missionary partner, William Henry Sheppard (no comparison signature has been located). Paper is rubbed through at a spot where the inscribee's name was roughly erased. Lapsely died of fever at the age of 26 after serving two years in remote areas of the Congo. This book includes a selection of excerpts from his letters and diary, with an introductory memoir and final chapter by his father, James.
New York: Humanities Press, 1952. Hardcover. Very Good. Reprint; first published in 1937. 347 pp, with index and 16 plates. Rubbing to corners and spine ends. Binding solid, text clean; no dust jacket. An "ethnological and psychiatrical" study of the South Eastern Cape Bantu, with chapters on folklore; native doctors and sorcerers; male and female initiation rites; marriage customs; native concepts of mental disorder; sexual offenses; suicide; stock theft and homicide.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1866. First American Edition. Hardcover. Good+. xxii, 638 pp, plus publisher's ads. Illustrated with 36 engravings and a folding map showing the River Shire, the Lakes Nyassa and Rovuma, and the Lower Courses of the Rivers Zambesi and Rovuma based on Livingstone's observations. Original blind stamped cloth. Spine faded (just legible), corners rubbed through, a few nicks in the cloth. Binding tight, hinges secure, text unmarked. Map has been mis-folded but is otherwise very good. Account of Livingtone's second expedition, an attempt to determine whether the entire length of the Zambezi was navigable. It was not, but the party was able to explore a tributary, the River Shire, all the way to its source, Lake Nyasa (now Lake Malawi), becoming the first Europeans to reach the second largest lake in Africa.
Roberts Brothers: Boston, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 218 pp, extensively illustrated with b/w photos. Green and silver pictorial binding. Extremities rubbed, slight dust soil, bookplate of John R. Zimmerman on front pastedown. Account of the United States Scientific Expedition, which sailed on the U.S.S. Pensacola to observe a total eclipse of the sun on December 22, 1889. Loomis, a professional astronomer, provides well-illustrated and interesting description of the places visited, including St. Helena, Cape Town, the Karroo, and Kimberley. Mendelssohn I, 925.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 352 pp, with 31 illustrations and a colored map. Original burgundy cloth. Endpapers somewhat brittle; occasional foxing, but overall clean and sound. Offers a historical survey of European exploration, trade, and colonization, as well as an assessment of the native culture, current political situation, commercial prospects, etc, of each of the towns and territories of the region.
New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 124 pp, with frontis portrait of Gabriel Maguire. Briefly inscribed by Ruth Maguire on the front free endpaper. Ex-theological seminary copy with call number on spine and stamps on two pages; all else very good. Prospectus for the book laid in. Includes an account of Maguire's work in the Congo, as well as short essays on prayer and on the millennium. Signed by Author(s).
Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 717 pp +  pp errata, with frontis portrait of the author, 16 colored botanical plates, and many other b/w plates and illustrations in the text. Re-bound in worn cloth-backed boards; institutional stamp on title page, one plate and facing page very slightly damaged, one plate bound in upside down. Marques was second in command and the collecting naturalist of the Portuguese expedition to Lunda (now northeastern Angola) led by Henrique Augusto Dias de Carvalho.
Boston: Gould Kendall & Lincoln, 1848. Hardcover. Very Good. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. viii, 300 pp + 24 pp ads; frontis portrait of Crocker. Original blind-stamped cloth somewhat faded, partially split along rear hinge. Ink spatter to fore edge, rear board, and margin of a few pages. Text otherwise clean, binding sound. Crocker was sent to Liberia by the American Baptist Board in 1835. Among other accomplishments, he produced a spelling primer and a translation of the Gospels into the Bassa language. Much of this account is drawn directly from his diaries.
Cape Town: Stewart Printing Company, 1948. Hardcover. Very Good in a Fine dust jacket. Second revised edition. 699 pp, indexed, illustrated with photos showing various disease states. Original black cloth binding, with some creasing to the spine, corners lightly rubbed. Internals sound and unmarked. Dust jacket has considerable chipping and several internal tape repairs. Gelfand (1912-1985) was a South African physician and prolific writer who joined the Southern Rhodesia Medical Service in 1939. This early work served as an important guide to practicing medicine among the native populations.