Adventures and Observations on the West Coast of Africa, and Its Islands. Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Mederia, Canary, Biafra and Cape Verd Islands; Their Climates, Inhabitants, and Productions. Accounts of Places, Peoples, Customs, Trade, Rev. Chas. W. Thomas.

Adventures and Observations on the West Coast of Africa, and Its Islands. Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Mederia, Canary, Biafra and Cape Verd Islands; Their Climates, Inhabitants, and Productions. Accounts of Places, Peoples, Customs, Trade,

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."

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