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WALLIS, C. Braithwaite.

The Advance of our West African Empire.

Published: London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1903

Stock code: 111733

Price: £300

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First edition, first impression, of this attractive eyewitness account of the Hut Tax War of 1898-9, in which the tribes of the recently annexed hinterland of Sierra Leone rebelled violently against British rule. Wallis (1873-1945) served in the conflict with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), and was later appointed acting district commissioner of Sierra Leone in 1901 before serving as consul in Dakar and Monrovia. He was also the author of West African Warfare (1906). Uncommon in this condition.

Octavo (222 x 144 mm). Original red cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, front cover lettered in gilt with vignette of African soldier in black, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Photographic portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature and tissue-guard, 28 photographic plates, folding map to rear produced by the intelligence division of the War Office. Publisher’s compliments slip laid in. Spine slightly sunned, edges foxed, very occasional mild spotting to contents. An excellent copy, partly unopened, and a bright and fresh example of the original cloth.

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