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ALLEN, William; T. R. H. Thomson.

A narrative of the expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger, in 1841.

Under the command of H. D. Trotter, R.N. Published with the sanction of the Colonial Office and the Admiralty.

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London:Richard Bentley, 1848

First edition, a superb copy in the preferred deluxe binding of blue cloth with spines richly decorated in gilt with vignettes incorporating palm trees and floral sprays, and gilt bouquets to the front boards, from the library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. Usually encountered in the standard binding of purple cloth with gilt-lettered spines and blind frames to boards.

The British Niger Expedition of 1841 was commissioned by the British Government to perform two primary tasks: firstly, to work towards the suppression of the slave trade by negotiating anti-slavery treaties with local chiefs, and to explore the course of the River Niger. However, so-called 'river fever' brought an untimely end to the expedition and it was abandoned. Nonetheless this title contains a useful history of Niger exploration, excellent observations on the tribes and natural history of the region.



First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, xviii, 509; viii, 511 pp., 18 engraved plates (one folding), numerous illustrations in text, 3 maps (2 folding), Original blue cloth, the preferred deluxe binding, spines and boards elaborately lettered and decorated in gilt and blind, all edges gilt. Housed in the blue cloth slipcase. A fine set.


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