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Colomb, Philip Howard."
Slave-catching in the Indian Ocean: a record of naval experiences.London, Longmans, Green and Co. (colophon: printed by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1873. 8vo. With 8 steel-engraved illustration plates including the frontispiece (the 5 signed ones engraved by Pearson), a folding map of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and the Gulf, hand-coloured in outline (lithographed by Edward Weller), and one line of music notes in the text. Contemporary dark half calf (rebacked)."
1868. Viii, [3], [1 blank], 503, [1 blank] pp.First edition of a very detailed and well-illustrated account of a British naval campaign to suppress the East African slave trade in the years 1868 to 1870, published only eight years after the end of the United States' Civil War and the abolition of slavery there. Slavery was not outlawed in the Ottoman Empire (which at the time of publication included Egypt and what is now Iraq) until 1882 and in Iran and most of the Gulf States not until the 20th century. The book was written by Captain Philip Howard Colomb (1831-1899), Commander of the Hms Dryad from 1868 to 1870, who lead the campaign. He operated primarily in and around the Gulf, Oman and Zanzibar, and captured seven slave ships during those two years. The illustrations show the Dryad and some of the slave ships, individual and group portraits of slaves encountered during the campaign and views of ports where slave trading occurred.Slightly browned with a few stainds. Binding rebacked and slightly worn along the extremities, mostly the corners, bookblock detached from binding at front hinge. Overall in very good condition.l Garrick, Indian Ocean, post-exploration, in: Speake, Literature of travel and exploration (2003), pp. 608-610; Worldcat (4 copies); Zeitschrift fur Ethnology V (1873), p. 117."
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