Author's presentation copy

Devereux, W[illiam] Cope. A Cruise in the Gorgon, or, Eighteen Months on H.M.S. Gorgon, engaged in the Suppression of the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa, including a Trip up the Zambesi with Dr. Livingstone.

London, Bell and Daldy, 1869.

8vo. XV, (1), 421, (3) pp. With hand-coloured folding engraved map "shewing the Seat of the Slave Trade at Zanzibar". Publisher's original blue cloth, title gilt on spine with blindstamped covers.


First edition. A fine association copy gifted by Devereux to C. P. Rigby, British Consul at Zanzibar from 1858-61, at the time that the H.M.S. Gorgon undertook its mission to suppress the slave trade on the East coast of Africa, inscribed "C. P. Rigby from the author" on the title-page.

The ship stopped twice at Zanzibar (chapters 7 and 23), the author noting that here "especially Englishmen are appreciated ... thanks to Colonel Rigby, H.M.'s Consul, who, during a residence of three years, not only did much improve the morale of the place, but emancipated no less than 8000 slaves with his own hand" (p. 115).

A few corrections and names added in manuscript (identifying persons only noted by their initials in the printed text, one being Rigby). Binding somewhat worn, onner hinges weakened, one gathering working loose. Well-preserved altogether.

OCLC 37971833.