Slave Trade. No. 1 (1884). Correspondence with British representatives and agents abroad, and reports from Naval Officers and the Treasury, relative to the Slave Trade: 1883-84. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of Her Majesty. [C.-3849].
Folio. VIII, 144 pp. Top edge gilt. Sewn, with remains of former spine.
Rare British parliamentary papers and correspondence with local agents and officers on the slave trade: "The supply [in 1881] has equalled the demand, which has, however, decreased, and [...] the slave-brokers in Jeddah and Mecca are in debt, and visibly dejected [...] Whatever Treaties may be made, I do not believe that the sincere co-operation of Mussulman officials can be expected [...] Arabia is slowly but surely progressing towards a cessation of slavery" (p. 54f.). The relevant correspondence is to be found chiefly under the headings "Turkey" (in particular pp. 34f.); "Turkey. (Consular)-Jeddah" (pp. 51-59); "Turkey. (Admiralty Reports)" (pp. 63-65; e.g. Captain Garforth to the Secretary of the Admiralty: "Visit to Hodeidah. A considerable Slave Trade carried on there"); "Zanzibar" (pp. 66-134), and "Zanzibar (Admiralty Reports)" (pp. 134-139).
First few pages loosened, otherwise a good copy.