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    Naval Narrative on the Slave Trade

    Captain [Philip Howard] Colomb. Slave-Catching in the Indian Ocean. A Record of Naval Experiences. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873.

    First edition. Octavo. 503 pages. Engraved frontispiece. Seven engraved plates. Folding map.

    Publisher's blue cloth, ruled in black on front and spine, and blind on rear. Gilt titles and decoration on front and spine. Lightly soiled and rubbed with minor darkening along spine. Worn corners. Spine ends repaired and strengthened. Endpapers replaced and hinges strengthened. Pages are mildly toned. Upper corner of page 202 with small tape repair. Bookplate on front pastedown and small ownership label on front free endpaper. Folding map has tender hinge. A very good copy.

    Colomb was captain of H.M.S. Dryad in the Persian Gulf. While there, he made a study of the Arab slave trade centered around Zanzibar and Oman. "His book is far the most interesting and informative of the accounts published by sundry officers who served on the East India station. It is distinguished by a studied moderation which commands the respect of the reader...." From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Coupland, The Exploitation of East Africa, 1856-1890, page 162.


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