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    Slavery and Human Sacrifice

    Richard F. Burton. A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1864.

    First edition of Volume I; second edition of Volume II. Two octavo volumes. xvii, 386; vi, 413. Frontispieces. Appendices.

    Three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, double gilt rules on covers, spines elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in six compartments with five raised bands. Top edges gilt. Stamp-signed by Root & Son on the verso of the front free endpapers. Marbled endpapers. Some tearing to the rear board of Volume II. Very good.

    In 1863 Burton was contacted by the British Foreign Office to visit Gelele, King of Dahmoey, as an emissary of Queen Victoria. His role was to press upon King Gelele the importance of giving up the practices of slavery and human sacrifice. Burton describes his travels through, in, and around the Gulf of Guinea and his time spent in the court of King Gelele.

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