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STANLEY, Sir Henry Morton (1841-1904)
The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley... edited by his wife, Dorothy Stanley
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd, 1909. 8vo. (10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches). xvii, 551, [1]pp. Frontispiece portrait plus 15 photogravure plates, 1 folding map, and 2 folding facsimile letters. Publisher's green crushed morocco gilt, upper cover with gilt device of Africa and lettered Bula-Matari, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Green cloth box, with morocco label titled in gilt.Deluxe issue of the first edition, limited to 250 copies signed by Dorothy Stanley.Henry Morton Stanley was born in 1841 in Wales illegitimately as John Rowlands, abandoned as an infant by his mother, passed around to various relatives and eventually sent to the St. Asaph Union Workhouse for the Poor after his family members threw him out. As a child, Rowlands suffered years of abuse by his family and in the workhouse. In 1859, at the age of eighteen, he emigrated to America and began the process of reinventing himself, pretending to be an American and taking the name of Henry Hope Stanley, a successful cotton merchant he claimed he had met in New Orleans who informally adopted him and became a father figure to the young Stanley. In his autobiography, Stanley looks back on this time as being heavily affected by the abuse he endured and the stigma of illegitimacy. During the Civil War, Stanley became one of the few people to serve in the Confederate Army, Union Army, and the U.S. Navy, and after the war, he became a newspaper correspondent for the St. Louis "Missouri Democrat" covering General Hancock's army in the Indian campaigns. Stanley elaborates on his adventures during th … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books [United States]
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