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    Richard F. Burton. Wit and Wisdom from West Africa. London: 1865. First edition.

    More Information: Richard F[rancis] Burton. Wit and Wisdom from West Africa. Or, a Book of Proverbial Philosophy, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1865. First edition. Octavo. [8], [xi]-xxx, [2], 455, [1] pages. Original purplish-red publisher's cloth; boards stamped in blind; spine stamped in gilt. All edges trimmed. Later endpapers. Rebacked with original backstrip laid down; edge wear; corners slightly bumped; boards rubbed; backstrip discolored with loss to gilt, soiling. Edges of text block faintly yellowed; staining at both ends by spine. Occasional faint foxing, spot staining and thumbsoiling scattered throughout text block. Spine split between half-title and title, possibly lacking a leaf. Repair at inner margin of final leaf; penciling to verso. Very good text block in a good binding. With bookplate of Dwight Edwards Marvin affixed to front pastedown. A book of aphorisms in Wolof, Kanuri, Oji, Ga, Yoruba, Efik and Mpangwe languages. Penzer, pp. 75-76.

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