New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. First American Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. xiv,510 pp, with many illustrations and 2 folding maps. Publisher's brick red cloth w/gilt lettering. Mild rubbing to corners and foot of spine, else a lovely copy with sound binding and minimal wear. Stanley was sent by the New York Herald to report on the British expedition to Abyssinia, a punitive campaign against Emperor Tedwodros II, who had imprisoned several missionaries and two representatives of the British government. Stanley arrived in Suez in January 1868, joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, and he marched with them for two months, witnessing the storming of Tewodros's fortress at Magdala (DNB). His sensational dispatches were the first to reach Europe, secured him steady employment with the Herald, and undoubtedly helped position him for the Livingstone mission.
Catalogue 1: Africa
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Hardcover. Very Good+. Early printing (first U.S. edition published in 1890). Two volumes: xiv, 547; xvi, 540 pp. 3 folding maps (all in very good or better condition) in 2 rear pockets, 2 steel engravings, 150 illustrations in the text. Original green cloth decorated with outline of Africa, gilt lettering and facsimile signature. Light rubbing and a few unobstrusive, pale stains to cloth. Bindings sound, hinges secure, pages bright and without foxing. Narrative of Stanley's expedition to rescue Emin Pasha, the embattled German governor of Equatoria (southern Sudan), via an unexplored and perilous route up the Congo. The expedition took two years, traversed 3000 miles (crossing the continent from west to east), and resulted in the death of more than 300 men from starvation, disease, or encounters with the natives. By the time they reached Emin Pasha, it was Stanley and his men who required rescue, rather than the other way around. After a period of recuperation, Stanley and Emin set out for Zanzibar by way of Uganda-in the process tracing the course of the Semliki River and establishing it as the principal connection between Lake Albert and Lake Edward. Despite controversy surrounding the motives and conduct of the expedition, his account became a bestseller, and remains one of the great classics of African exploration.
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. xvii, 263 pp, with a colored folding map in rear pocket. Introduction by Harry Thurston Peck. Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering. Slight wear to bottom edge of boards, but still a fine copy, with no dust jacket. Twelve essays speculating on the future of the rival European powers in the trade and governance of Africa.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1909. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. xvii, 549 pp, in original gilt-lettered red cloth; no dust jacket. Fold out map at rear, 16 photogravure plates. Front hinge repaired, else a fine, bright copy. Stanley worked on the Autobiography for many years, but died before it was completed. According to the DNB, "Stanley's contribution to the history of African exploration remains a matter of contention. On the one hand, he is generally acknowledged to have settled many of the long-running controversies over the sources of the Nile and the geography of the great lakes. On the other hand, the style of his expedition-making marked a new phase in the history of exploration, virtually erasing the distinction between geography and warfare..Throughout his life, Stanley was in every way a masterful story-teller..His enormous drive won him notoriety as well as fame, though he defended his life's record to the very last: 'I was not sent into this world to be happy, nor to search for happiness. I was sent for a special work'."
Boston and Chicago: United Society Christian Endeavor. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated early reprint of the Revell edition of 1899, part of the Conquest Missionary Library series. 282 pp + publisher's ads, with 9 photographic plates. Red cloth with lettering and decoration in black. Mild wear to extremities, front hinge a bit wobbly. Binding otherwise sound, contents clean. A representative of the Southern Baptist Convention, Stone lived for many years among the Yoruba-speaking people in what is now Western Nigeria, and his account offers detailed information about their life and culture, with sections on superstitions, polygamy, hunting, and tribal warfare.
New York: Derby & Jackson, 1860. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 479 pp, with double-page map of West Africa and 4 plates. Original pebbled cloth stamped in gilt, with blind-stamped decoration. Purple cloth faded to gray at edges and spine, spine lettering faint, a few tears in the cloth. Binding sound, hinges secure, text clean. In 1855-57, Thomas served as Chaplain to the African Squadron, a unit of the U.S. Navy sent to suppress the slave trade. The work includes historical and topographical information about the region, as well as the author's reflections on the character and condition of the inhabitants, and, according to a contemporary review, "on various questions of interest respecting the colored race."
Cleveland: D.M. Ide, 1852. Hardcover. Very Good. ix, -320 pp, with illustrations and a folding map showing the Little Boom and Big Boom Rivers and the location of the Mendi Mission. Original blind-stamped brown cloth. Corners rubbed, cloth starting to split along the front joint; binding sound, text clean. Thompson (not to be confused with the Scottish abolitionist of the same name) was one of the first American missionaries to work in Sierra Leone. His book is a primarily a compilation of excerpts from his journals from 1848-50, and his effort to provide an "inside view of the particular, every day duties and trials of the missionary life" makes for pretty interesting reading. Includes much description of native life and customs and local flora and fauna, as well as the first report of stone carvings that have since been recognized as artifacts of an ancient civilization.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. 420 pp, illustrated with b/w photos. Red cloth with silver lettering. Mild edgewear to boards, brief gift inscription on front endpaper, else fine. Dust jacket has some chipping and short tears; rear panel lightly soiled; still attractive overall; in mylar. History of Britain's presence in Nigeria, from the arrival of the first British Consul in Lagos in 1853 to up 1953, when delegates from Nigeria traveled to Britain to demand autonomy.
Boston and Chicago: Congregational Sunday-School and Publishing Society, 1891. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 3000 pp, illustrated with b/w plates. Publisher's brown cloth with lettering stamped in gilt. Ex-library, with call number on spine and front board, internal markings indicating the book was a gift from the author to the Clifton Springs [NY] Sanitarium Library in 1892. Corners bumped, spine slightly cocked, two pages torn (but complete); else good and sound. "An interesting account of the Zulus and their country from 1849-1888 [with] a valuable chapter on Zulu folklore" (Mendelssohn, p. 532).
New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. xv, 634 pp, indexed, with a large colored folding map and many photographic plates showing native villages and costume, as well as many aspects of life under colonial rule. Original brown cloth, spine a bit toned, light soiling and general wear to boards, owner's signature on verso of frontispiece. A contemporary review described this as "the most complete work on the subject that has yet appeared." The appendices include much useful primary source material (official correspondence, treaties, etc).
New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 308 pp, copiously illustrated by Victor Perard and W.B. Davis from drawings by the author; 2 maps. Original gilt-decorated cloth. Light wear to extremities, mild sunning, lacking front free endpaper, front hinge reinforced with tape. Contents clean and tight. The author was one of Henry Stanley's aides and a member of the Emin Pasha relief expedition, which is discussed in the Preface. He learned the Kikongo, Kibangi, and Kiswahili languages, and bases his discussion of native life on direct interaction with the people. There is a brief treatment of elephant hunting (Czech p. 294).
New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. xxvi, 476 pp, with index and bibliography. Original grey cloth (slightly soiled); no dust jacket. Corners rubbed. Internally clean and sound. Willoughby and his wife worked for several years as missionaries in Bechuanaland (now Botswana). He describes this very detailed study of Bantu ancestor worship as an effort "to find some particle of good therein that can be used for the moral and social betterment of the men who hold it dear, and especially for reconciling them to...the religion of Jesus."
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. xii, -527 pp, illustrated with engravings, two-page map of Western Africa. Original blind-stamped black cloth, stamped in gilt on spine. Cloth chipped at spine ends and corners, spine lettering faded but legible. Endpapers discolored, else very good internally. Wilson spent 18 years as a missionary in West Africa, traveling extensively and learning two native languages, and, he claims for his book "the merit of being a faithful and unpretending record of African society" (Preface). The work provides a history of exploration and colonization and discusses the social and religious customs. commerce, and governance of Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Grain Coast Ashanti, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Northern and Southern Guinea.