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 [WOLOF LANGUAGE]., Guide de la conversation français-volof. Dakar (Sénégal), Saint Joseph de Ngasobil, Mission Catholique, 1907.
[WOLOF LANGUAGE].
Guide de la conversation français-volof. Dakar (Sénégal), Saint Joseph de Ngasobil, Mission Catholique, 1907.
. 24mo. Pp. xvi, 167, (1). Original printed boards, cloth spine. Faint stamp on upper cover and title. A rare, small guide treating the Wolof language, the most common language spoken in Senegal, but also spoken in the Gambia and Mauritania. It's mainly an oral language and therefore there are many different variants of spelling. This guide includes a dictionary, a small treatise on conjugation and a selection of basic phrases. It was printed at the mission of St. Joseph Ngazobil, south of Dakar. Not in Vater.
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Keywords: Western Africa, wolof, volof, dakar, senegal, afirca, afrika, afrique, language, langue, linguistic

 ADANSON, MICHEL:, Histoire naturelle du Sénégal. Coquillages. Avec une relation abrégée d'un voyage fait en ce pays pendant les années 1749, 50, 51, 52 et 53. Paris, Claude-Jean-Baptiste Bache, 1757.
ADANSON, MICHEL:
Histoire naturelle du Sénégal. Coquillages. Avec une relation abrégée d'un voyage fait en ce pays pendant les années 1749, 50, 51, 52 et 53. Paris, Claude-Jean-Baptiste Bache, 1757.
. 4to. Pp. (viii), 190; (ii), xcvi, 275. With one large folding map and 19 folding plates depicting molluscs and shells engraved by Thrse Reboul after sketches by the author. Contemporary calf, spine gilt with five raised bands and title-label, rubbed, spine worn, hinges cracked. Marbled endpapers, r.e. Bookplate (Bruce of Kinnaird). Provenance: James Bruce (1730-94), a Scottish explorer who introduced Ethiopia to the western world and confirmed the source of the Blue Nile. First edition of an early scientific expedition to Senegal. The first part deals with Adanson's voyage and explorations in Senegal, including the Island of Gore and the River Senegal. The second part is devoted to the history of conchology and molluscs. Michel Adanson (1727-1806) was a French botanist who entered the service of the French East India Company in order to study the natural history of Senegal. He intended to publish a monumental treatise of the country's fauna and flora but only this volume appeared. Internally a clean and crisp copy. Chadenat 2760. Cox i, p. 383. Gay 2883. Howgego A12. Nissen ZBI 27.
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Book number: 23078
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Keywords: Western Africa, africa, afrika, africana, afrique, afrikana, natural history, senegal, gambia, west africa, botany, conch, shells, molusc, travel, exploration, island of Gore, le de Gore

 ALLEN, WILLIAM & THOMSON, T.R.H.:,  A Narrative of the Expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger, in 1841, under the of Command by Captain H.D. Trotter. Two volumes. London, Richard Bentley, 1848.
ALLEN, WILLIAM & THOMSON, T.R.H.:
A Narrative of the Expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger, in 1841, under the of Command by Captain H.D. Trotter. Two volumes. London, Richard Bentley, 1848.
. Pp. xviii, (ii), 510; viii, 512. With three maps, sixteen engraved plates and many woodcut illustrations in the text. Contemporary full calf, covers ruled in gilt, flat spines richly gilt and with title labels, extremities lightly rubbed, hinges weak but firm, marbled end papers, marbled edges. First edition of an interesting account of the exploration of Niger with information about the natural history of the region and of the different tribes.The British Niger Expedition of 1841 was commissioned by the government to explore the course of the River Niger and make trade treaties with the local rulers to prohibit the slave trade. However, the expedition was forced to end prematurely when most of the crew were struck down with fever. Despite this Commander Allen succeeded in signing three treaties with the most influential potentates on the river. Hess & Coger 6939. De Gramont p.207.
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 BARTH, CHRISTIAN GOTTLOB:, [AKRA LANGUAGE]. Biblias Sádsi. Dr. Barth's Bible Stories. Translated into the Akra-Language. Württemberg, Printed for the German & Foreign School-Book-Society at Calw, by J.F. Steinkopf, 1854.
BARTH, CHRISTIAN GOTTLOB:
[AKRA LANGUAGE]. Biblias Sádsi. Dr. Barth's Bible Stories. Translated into the Akra-Language. Württemberg, Printed for the German & Foreign School-Book-Society at Calw, by J.F. Steinkopf, 1854.
. 12mo. Pp. vi, 197. With numerous illustrations. Original red cloth, elaborated gilt design on covers. First edition, translated from the German by Johann Zimmermann, a second was published at Stuttgart in 1858. The Akra or the GS language is spoken by the people inhabiting the Gold-coast of Western Africa. Barth was a German pastor and missionary who published this series of "Bible Stories" (1845) which was translated into many different languages.
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BEAVER, CAPTAIN PHILIP:
African Memoranda: Relative to an Attempt to Establish a British Settlement on the Island of Bulama, on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Year 1792. With a Brief Notice of the Neighbouring Tribes, Soil, Productions, &c. London, C. & R. Baldwin, 1805.
. 4to. Pp. (viii), xvi, 500. With one large folding map "Nautical map intended for the use of colonial undertakings" (with small tear at fold) and two engraved plates of Beaver's "Block House" on the island of Bulama. Contemporary calf, rebacked with original red title label, front hinge cracking, lower hinge loose. With some minor staining and a few leaves with dust-soiling. First edition. Beaver participated in this British mission aiming for a colonization of the island of Bulama near Sierra Leone. The expedition was badly executed and a failure. Beaver stayed on for 18 months to make settlement a success but many of the colonists died and the remaining abandoned the colony. The large map was orginally composed by C.B. Wadstrm, but here revised by Beaver. Gay 3196.
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Book number: 40039
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Keywords: Western Africa, africa, afrika, african, travel, voyage, exploration, explore, guinea, sierra leone, slavery, afrique, bulama, sierra leone,

 
BENTLEY, WILLIAM HOLMAN:
Dictionary and Grammar of the Kongo Language, As spoken at San Salvador, the Ancient Capital of the Old Kongo Empire, West Africa. Compiled and Prepared for the Baptist Mission on the Kongo River, West Africa. London, the Baptist Missionary Society & Trübner & Co., 1887.
. Pp. xxiv, 718. With one folding table of concords. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine, stained and with some wear. Light foxing to first few leaves otherwise fine internally. Old ownership signature on front endpaper. AND: APPENDIX. London 1895. Pp. iii-vii, 721-944, (1), 945-1052. Original cloth gilt, faded and worn. Without half title (?). First edition. The first comprehensive dictionary and grammar of the Kongo language, compiled under the auspices of Leopold II of Belgium. The Reverend William Bentley, missionary of the English Baptist Society resided for five years in the region of West Africa where the Kongo language is spoken. Zaunmller 227 (later edition).
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BOWDICH, THOMAS EDWARD:
Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo, during the Autumn of 1823, while on His Third Voyage to Africa; by the Late T. Edward Bowdich, esq. To which is added by Mrs. Bowdich, 1. A narrative of the continuance of the voyage to its completion, ... ; 2. A description of the English settlements on the river Gambia ... ; 3. Appendix, containing zoological and botanical descriptions, and translations from the Arabic. London, George B. Whittaker, 1825.
. 4to. Pp. xii, 278. With four hand-coloured lithographs by C. Hullmandel after S. Bowdich and eighteen monochrome engraved plates, of which ten devoted to natural history specimens, seven about fish and one linguistic plate. Contemporary half calf, rebacked with original spine preserved, rubbed. Old signature on title. Two small holes on title without any text loss. Bookplate. Some browning and staining throughout. First edition of this interesting work on Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands mainly devoted to geology, zoology and botany. Bowdich, born in 1791, participated in several voyages to Africa but died on this mission only 33 years old at Bathurst (Banjul) when he was about to undertake a trigonometric survey of the Gambia region. This work was published posthumously by his widow and travel companion Sarah Bowdich. Abbey Travel 194. Colas 418. Gay 2983.
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DE BRISSON, PIERRE RAYMOND:
Franske Officern Herr de Brissons skeppsbrott och fångenskap; med de nyaste underrättelser om Africas öknar, ifrån Senegal til Marocco jämte dess inwånarres lefnadssätt och seder, m.m. Stockholm, J.C.Holmberg, 1790.
. Pp. 132 . Slightly later marbled wrappers, small part of spine damaged. Light staining. A Swedish version, anonymously translated from the French. An account of the fate of a sailor shipwrecked on the Coast of Senegal and enslaved for sixty-six days by his Arabian master. In the introduction de Brisson describes a meeting with the two Swedes, Sparrman and Wadstrm, pupils of Linn. Cf Gay 1522. Cf Playfair 441.
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BURTON, SIR RICHARD FRANCIS:
A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome. With Notices of the so called "Amazons", the Grand Customs, the Yearly Customs, the Human Sacrifices, the Present State of the Slave Trade, and the Negro's Place in Nature. Two volumes. London, Tinsley Brothers, 1864.
. Pp. ii-xvii, (3), 7-386; vi, 413, (1). Half title to volume one is missing. With two frontispieces. Narrowly cut in modern cloth. Second edition of Burton's account of his last major expedition to West Africa in 1863. Burton travelled to Dahomey (Benin) for the purpose of establishing trade relations and to persuade the King Gelele to abandon his practices of slave-trading and human sacrifice. However, it was an unsuccessful mission. Casada 47. Penzer 72-3.
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 CROWTHER, REV. SAMUEL:, Journal of an Expedition of the Niger and Tschadda Rivers, undertaken by Macgregor Laird, esq. In Connection with the British Government, in 1854. London, Church Missionary House, 1855.
CROWTHER, REV. SAMUEL:
Journal of an Expedition of the Niger and Tschadda Rivers, undertaken by Macgregor Laird, esq. In Connection with the British Government, in 1854. London, Church Missionary House, 1855.
. Pp. xxiv, 240. With one folding map. Original blind-stamped cloth, top of spine chipped with small loss. Internally fine. First edition. Samuel Ajayi Crowther (1806-91), was a Yoruba linguist and the first African Anglican bishop in Nigeria. As a young boy he was captured during the civil wars in 1821 but freed by the British the following year and settled with his family in Sierra Leone where he converted to Christianity. Crowther was proficient in many African languages and published several books in Yoruba. He was selected to accompany an expedition to Niger in 1841 together with missionary James Schn. The purpose was to establish commercial relations, encourage Christianity and help end the slave trade. This is an account of a second Niger expedition. Maggs (1962) 2867.
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 CRUICKSHANK, BRODIE:, Eighteen Years on the Gold Coast of Africa. Including an Account of the Native Tribes, and their Intercourse with Europeans. Two volumes. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1853.
CRUICKSHANK, BRODIE:
Eighteen Years on the Gold Coast of Africa. Including an Account of the Native Tribes, and their Intercourse with Europeans. Two volumes. London, Hurst and Blackett, 1853.
. Pp. viii, 345, adv. (1) 16; vi, 335, adv. (1), 8. Publisher's blind-stamped cloth, spines lettered in gilt, faded, extremities lightly rubbed. First edition. Interesting account of the Gold Coast of Africa (Southern Ghana) based on Cruickshank's long experience in the country. He was a Scotsman who became a member of the Legislative Council of the Gold Coast when it was set up in 1850. He spent many years at Cape Coast Castle and had continuous contact with the natives on issues such as law and custom. Scarce. Gay 2865.
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 DALZEL, ARCHIBALD:, The History of Dahomy, an Inland Kingdom of Africa. Compiled from Authentic Memoirs. London, T. Spilsbury and Son, 1793.
DALZEL, ARCHIBALD:
The History of Dahomy, an Inland Kingdom of Africa. Compiled from Authentic Memoirs. London, T. Spilsbury and Son, 1793.
. 4to. Pp. xxxii, xxvi, (iv), 230. With folding engraved frontispiece map and six engraved plates. Contemporary full calf, rebacked. First edition of a scarce account of Dahomey (Benin). Scottish-born Archibald Dalzel spent seven years in West Africa, part of which he held the position of Governor of Whydah (now Quidah, Benin). He was involved in the slave trade which he pursued to save the slaves from the greater evil of being human sacrifices. The kingdom of Dahomey was established around 1600 by the Fon people and lasted until 1894 when it was made a French protectorate. Hogg 170.
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FEUILLERET, HENRI:
Mungo Park sa vie et ses voyages. Deuxième édition. Tours 1881.
. Pp. 240. With two plates. Original decorated cloth, gilt.
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 FORBES, FREDERICK E.:, Dahomey and the Dahomans: Being the Journals of Two Missions to the King of Dahomey, and Residence at his Capital, in the Years 1849 and 1850. Two volumes. London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851.
FORBES, FREDERICK E.:
Dahomey and the Dahomans: Being the Journals of Two Missions to the King of Dahomey, and Residence at his Capital, in the Years 1849 and 1850. Two volumes. London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851.
. Pp. xii, 244; vi, 248. With ten lithographed plates (coloured and tinted) and three woodcut plates. Errata slip inserted. Publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, head of spines chipped. Bindings shaken, some wormholes at the beginning of first volume, partly with some foxing. First edition. Dahomey was a West African kingdom (situated in today's Southern Benin) from the beginning of the 17th century up until 1904. Forbes, a British naval officer made two journeys to visit the Court of the King with the unsuccessful mission to convince him to end involvement in the slave trade. Forbes' journals include descriptions of the inhabitants, their customs, culture and vocabularies of the Vahie and Dahoman languages. Gay 2878.
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JOHNSTON, SIR HARRY HAMILTON:
Liberia. With an Appendix on the Flora of Liberia by Dr. Otto Stapf. Two volumes. London, Hutchinson & Co., 1906.
. Large and heavy 4to. Pp. xxviii, 520; xvi, pp. 521-1183. With four large folding maps, 28 full page coloured plates and numerous text illustrations, many made from photographs, including eighteen maps. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt vignettes on upper covers, lightly rubbed. Beautiful end papers with images of yellow-flowered Mussaenda. First edition. A comprehensive account of Liberia with information about its history and exploration, settlements of the Normans on the Kru coast, the founding of Liberia, slave trade, religion, geography, commerce, climate, geology, flora, fauna, birds, reptiles, fish, anthropology, languages, etc. Johnston, British explorer and colonial administrator visited Liberia several times between 1882 and 1906.
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