The Ogowe Band, A Narrative of African Travel
Philadelphia: Reading and Company, 1890.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. xv, 278 pp, illustrated with portraits (many of Africans), maps, and a plan. Original dark blue cloth with bright gilt lettering and decoration. Corners rubbed and bumped, spine ends rubbed. Crease in cloth on front board. Some signatures a bit loose, but none detached. Occasional smudged pages; text otherwise unmarked. Reading served as a missionary to Gaboon, and later as a commercial agent for the United States. He recounts his party's journey from Philadelphia, which took them through Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Gold Coast. Includes some discussion of the American Colonization Society's efforts in Liberia; slaveholding in Africa; commerce along the coast and rivers; prospects for a railroad and commercial development of the interior. Blockson 1628.