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Lot 1029: James Riley AN AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE OF THE LOSS OF THE AMERICAN BRIG COMMERCE 1817 First Edition Africa Slavery PlatesPlatinum House
November 18, 2012
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce, Wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Month of August, 1815. With an Account of the Sufferings of the Surviving Officers and Crew, Who Were Enslaved by the Wandering Arabs of the Great African Desart, or Zahahrah; and Observations Historical, Geographical, &c. Made during the Travels of the Author, While a Slave to the Arabs, and in the Empire of Morocco. Preceded by a Brief Sketch of the Author's Life; and Concluded by a Description of the Famous City of Tombuctoo, on the River Niger, and of Another Large City, Far South of It, on the Same River, Called Wassanah; Narrated to the Author at Mogadore, by Sidi Hamet, the Arab Merchant. With an Arabic and English Vocabulary.
Publisher: T. & W. Mercein
City: New York
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiv/554 pages plus 16 pages of glossary
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, with gilt-lettered spine label. Book shows external wear, with rubbing, cracking to edges of spine, minor loss at ends of spine and corners of boards. Hinges are cracked. Front flyleaf is detached. Interior shows foxing and water markings to initial pages. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait of the author and full-page plates. Fold-out map of Africa is remarkably well preserved. Contains an Arab and English vocabulary at rear of volume.
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