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SULIVAN, George Lydiard.

Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters and on the East Coast of Africa.

Narrative of Five Years' Experiences in the Suppression of the Slave Trade.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1873 Stock Code: 128899
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Third edition, perhaps more properly the third impression, the same year as the first. Important personal account of naval service in the suppression of slave trade; "Just as Sulivan received no honours for his service in East African waters, so the East African slave trade itself is now little known and the part played in its suppression by Sulivan and others like him almost totally unremembered. His role in this unsung war, as a naval officer who served on the coast for three tours of duty, is in itself unusual, but even more was his passionate hostility to the slavers which was a valuable contribution to the growing forces of opposition being mustered in England. Most important of all was his own book, 'Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters', which helped to form public opinion in his own time and in his lasting legacy to posterity" (Collister, The Sulivans and the Slave Trade). Having joined the Navy in 1846, lieutenant 1853, he made captain in 1869, vice-admiral 1886, with which rank he retired in 1892. Sulivan died in 1904. Bookplate of John Ralph Willis (1938-2007), Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton, author of Studies in West African Islamic History: The Cultivators of Islam, and Slaves and Slavery in Muslim Africa, founder of Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Comparative Studies.

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Octavo. Original rust pimple-grained cloth over bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine together with gilt dhow device, block of HMS Daphne in pursuit of a slaver to the front board, plain and cable-twist rules in black to spine and front board, in blind to the rear.


Frontispiece and 15 other plates, vignettes to the text, folding map with colour.


Neatly rebacked with majority of the original spine laid down, endpapers renewed, foxing front and back as usual, the majority of the text-block clean and sound.


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