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Dahomey and the Dahomans: Being the Journals of two Missions to the King of Dahomey, and Residence in His Capital.

FORBES Frederick E. (1851.)

£500.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 2 vols in 1. Four hand-coloured & 5 tinted lithographs, with 3 further woodcut plates. 8vo. Original cloth, minor wear. xii, 244, v, 248pp. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans.

Having captured six slave ships in the year preceding his first mission to Dahomey, Forbes was eager to visit this one country which had chosen to ignore the foreign requests to end the slave trade. His account provides information not only on the country itself and the manners and customs of the people, but includes a large appendix with vocabularies of the Vahie and Dahoman languages.

Part III of Vol. I comprises the author's journal of his month-long stay at Whydah. 

Stock Code: 226254