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The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880, Compiled from Official and Private Sources . Comprising Historical and Biographical Divisions, and Containing a Rapid Sketch of the War, Maps Illustrating the Operations and the Movements of the Forces, One Hundred and Forty Permanent Photographs of Officers who Lost their Lives in the Campaigns and of Recipients of the Victoria Cross, with Memoirs Prepared from Materials Furnished by their Relations and Surviving Comrades, Summaries of the Movements in the Field of the Various Regiments which Were Engaged, and Separate Records of the Services of Every British Officer who Was Employed in the War. Historical Division [ –Biographical Division].

SHADBOLT, Sydney Henry. London: Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co. for Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1882. Two volumes, large 4to. Original half red hard-grained morocco, gilt, over morocco-grained cloth, spines gilt in compartments, lettered in 2 and with imprint at the foot, others decorated, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. I: [8 (blank l., half-title, verso blank, title, imprint on verso, contents, verso blank)], 352; II: [6 (half-title, verso blank, title, imprint on verso, contents, verso blank); mounted woodburytype frontispiece of Lieutenant-General Sir F.S. Roberts by the London Stereoscopic Company retaining guard, 20 plates bearing 140 mounted woodburytype portrait vignettes by the London Stereoscopic Company, retaining guards, one folding colour-printed lithographic map by Edward Weller, 5 lithographic maps by Weller, 3 partly coloured by hand; wood-engraved head- and tailpieces and initials, errata slip tipped onto verso of first plate in volume II, 'Now Ready, The South African Campaign, 1879. By S.H. Shadbolt', 4-page publisher's advertisement on an octavo bifolium bound in at the end of volume I; a little rubbed, scuffed and marked, some light spotting, skilfully-repaired tear on folding map, leaf bearing frontispiece slightly cockled, otherwise a very good set. First edition. The two volumes of this lavishly-produced work are the 'Historical Division', which comprises a 'Sketch of the War' (pp. 1-111), followed by lists of those officers who served in a non-regimental capacity and brief accounts of the deployment of the various regiments which served in the Afghan campaigns, and the 'Biographical Division' contains plates of oval vignette portraits of the officers who lost their lives in the campaigns (plates I-XIX) and biographical notices of them (pp. 1-255) and a plate of oval vignette portraits of those who were awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of valour during the campaigns (plate XX) and corresponding biographical notices (pp. 257-269).
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A new history of Ethiopia. Being a Full and Accurate Description of the Kingdom of Abessinia. Vulgarly, though erroneously called the Empire of Prester John. In four Books. Wherein are contained, I. An Account of the Nature, Quality, and Condition of the Country; and Inhabitants; . II. Their political Government; the Genealogy and Succession of their Kings; a description of their Court, . III. Their Ecclesiastical Affairs; their Conversion to the Christian Religion, and the Propagation thereof, their Sacred Writings, . IV. Their private Oeconomy, their Books and Learning, their common Names, . Illustrated with Copper Plates. By the learned Job Ludolphus, . Made English, by J. P. Gent.

LUDOLF, Hiob. London, Printed for Samuel Smith Bookseller, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1682. Folio. Slightly later English mottled calf, spine with raised bands and red morocco lettering-piece; pp. [viii], 88, 151-370, 375-398, eight engraved plates (7 folding), engraved table of the alphabet and genealogical folding table, erratic pagination, but complete; hinges worn and with repairs, a little browning or spotting in places, a few tiny wormholes initially; provenance: 19th-century bookplate of Broughton Baptist Library inside front cover. First English edition, first issue, of the Historia Aethiopica. Ludolf (1624-1704), the father of modern Ethiopian studies, 'the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship [.] who, by his massive contributions to the study of Ge'ez, Amharic, and Abyssinian history, may justly be called the founder of Ethiopian studies in Europe' (E. Ullendorff The Ethiopians London: 1965, p. 9) was born in Erfurt, where he studied medicine and law, as well as Oriental languages and literature, graduating in Law in 1645. He then continued his philological studies at the University of Leiden, before travelling widely throughout Europe, returning to Erfurt in 1651, to enter the service of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg; whilst in Rome, Ludolf had met four Ethiopian monks, one of whom, abba Gorgoryos, became his teacher and principal source of information on the country. From this point, Ludolf continued his scholarly pursuit of the Ethiopian languages in combination with a series of diplomatic and political appointments, which drew upon his knowledge of both Ethiopian and European languages and cultures, and included an attempt on Emperor Leopold I's behalf to forge an alliance with Ethiopia against the Ottoman Empire in 1697. 'The land of Ethiopia had long fascinated Europeans, not merely as an exotic and foreign land full of strange beasts, as evidenced by the incredibly ferocious looking hippo portrayed in this volume ., but also as an ancient and independent Christian empire beyond the realms of Islam which hemmed them in. It had adopted Christianity in the 4th century A.D. but had been cut off from Western Europe by the spread of Islam across northern Africa and the Middle East. In the Middle Ages the myth of Prester John, a powerful Christian prince and potential ally against the Muslim world, grew in the minds of Europeans, and when contacts were reestablished with Ethiopia in the 15th century it seemed to fit the bill. When the Portuguese sent military aid, to counter Islamic threats to their trading interests in the region in the 16th century, Jesuit missionaries followed them. They became so influential at court that they converted the Emperor and became a threat to the native Monophysite church, leading to their expulsion in 1632' (Edmund Castell, St. Johns College, Cambridge, online). Wing L3469; ESTC R9778.
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News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir.

FLEMING, Peter. London, Jonathan Cape, 1936. 8vo. Original red cloth by A.W. Bain & Co. Ltd., upper board blocked in gilt with the author's surname in Chinese characters, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, in the rare original dust-wrappers with new price pasted over, cream endpapers, top edges red, others trimmed; pp. 384; photogravure frontispiece, 31 photogravure plates, and one folding map printed in red and black; wrappers with a some fraying, cloth with qa few spots here and there, internally very clean and fresh. First edition. Fleming had first travelled to China in 1931 and returned in 1933 as the Special Correspondent of The Times, to cover the war between the nationalists and the communists; 'After reaching Mukden (Shenyang) in Manchuria and taking part in a sortie against local bandits, he travelled south, achieving an interview with Chaing Kai-shek, the commander-in-chief of the nationalist forces, entering communist-held territory, and finally returning home via Japan and the United States' (ODNB). In autumn 1934, 'Fleming once again set off for the Far East with a far-ranging commission from The Times. After a brief shooting trip with friends in the Caucasus he travelled on to Harbin in Manchuria, where by chance he met the Swiss traveller Ella (Kini) Maillart. It transpired that they both wanted to walk and ride from China to India, and though they both preferred to travel alone, they agreed to join forces. This epic journey of some 3500 miles on foot or ponies, through the remote province of Sinkiang (Xinjiang), with many dangers, hardships, and hold-ups, took them seven months, from February to September 1935. This, the most arduous of Fleming's long journeys, he chronicled in fourteen long articles in The Times and later in his book News from Tartary (loc. cit.). Yakushi F103a.
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An Inquiry into the Right and Duty of compelling Spain to relinquish her Slave Trade in Northern Africa.

STEPHEN, James]. London, no printer, 1816. 8vo. Later goatskin over boards, marbled endpapers; pp. [315]-360; binding with insect damage to spine and lower cover; internally good. Taken from colume VII of the The Pampheteer, as desxcribed by the British Library. This pamphlet had been published separately as well, by Hatchard's with 96 pages (Goldsmiths' 21648). The lawyer and abolitionist James Stephen (1758-1832) had witnessed the prctive opf salevery early in his life. 'In October 1783 Stephen sailed for St Kitts to be followed by his wife and family, stopping first in Barbados in December. At Bridgetown he witnessed a portion of the trial of four slaves accused and convicted of murder, an event which profoundly altered his life. The manifest injustice of the proceedings, the obvious innocence of the accused, and the knowledge that there was good reason to believe that a white man was the murderer led Stephen to vow never to own a slave and to become a committed opponent of slavery' (ODNB). After the death of his wife Stephen moved from Sloane Square to Clapham, where Wilberforce and menmers of the Clapham sect lived. In 1800 he married Wilberforce's widowed sister Sarah. 'Back on St Kitts, Stephen supplied Wilberforce with information about the slave trade and the conditions of slavery. From 1794 he contributed anti-slavery propaganda to the Morning Chronicle, and in 1799 he served as counsel for the Sierra Leone Company, presenting evidence before the House of Lords, in its unsuccessful effort to abolish the slave trade off the coast of that colony … His role in the anti-slavery movement is now more justly appreciated by historians than at any time since his death. Thanks to the work of Roger Anstey, R. G. Thorne, and others, we have a much clearer picture of his active involvement in shaping the policy of the anti-slavery movement and his important role in the councils of the London Abolition Committee, the African Institution, and the Anti-Slavery Society' (ODNB).