[Slave Trade]. 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].

London, Harrison and Sons, 1884.

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.


Bennett 511.