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BOWDICH, Thomas Edward.

Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee,

with a statistical account of that kingdom, and geographical notices of other parts of the interior of Africa.

Stock Code
106417
LondonJohn Murray, 1819
£2,750


With spectacular hand-coloured plates including panorama of the yam custom.

Bowdich was appointed conductor of the African Company mission to Ashantee in 1815, superseding his chief. He led the negotiations with the King of Ashantee which resulted in a treaty bringing peace to the British settlements on the Gold Coast. This book recounts his mission and it has been called 'The most important [work] after Bruce's, it excited great interest, as an almost incredible story, recalling The Arabian Nights, of a land and people of warlike and barbaric splendour hitherto unknown.' [ODNB.]

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Description

First edition. 4to., x, 512pp., 7 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates (3 of which show 2 subjects); 2 folding, including a panoramic plate of the Yam Custom, 2 maps (one folding), 1 plan, 1 engraved folding plate, 5 pages of engraved music (offsetting to text), title with contemporary ink signature 'J.M.Coad, Gloucester' to head and slightly creased (reinforced at inner edge), contents leaf remargined, light offsetting from plates, bookseller's ticket of J.Needham of Gloucester, contemporary half black calf, spine gilt, rubbed, a very good copy, plates clean and fresh.

Bibliography

Abbey Travel 279; Gay 2861; Tooley 95.

Stock ID:106417

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