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Thursday 25th January 2018: 1:00pm GMT

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Lot 8

Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) Wit and Wisdom in West Africa; or, a Book of Proverbial Philosophy, Idions, Enigmas, and Laconisms, first edition, original cloth, 1865.

 

Hammer Price: £300

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Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) Wit and Wisdom in West Africa; or, a Book of Proverbial Philosophy, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms, first edition, half-title (small nick to upper edge), light spotting at beginning and end, ex-library copy with stamp on title and label with borrowing details on front pastedown, variant binding of original orange-brown cloth with blind-stamped border on boards and spine titled as usual but with gilt-stamped illustration of negro at foot, a little rubbed, spine faded, library label pasted on upper cover and small sticker at foot of spine, [Penzer 75], 8vo, 1865.

⁂ Important work on West African languages with the information recorded in printed form for the first time.

According to Penzer the first issue binding is in red cloth with blind-stamped border and no illustration on spine; the second issue or "remaindered" binding is in plum cloth with the spine titled "Negro Wit and Wisdom" and illustration at foot. This copy appears to be a mixture of the two.

Full Lot Details

Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) Wit and Wisdom in West Africa; or, a Book of Proverbial Philosophy, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms, first edition, half-title (small nick to upper edge), light spotting at beginning and end, ex-library copy with stamp on title and label with borrowing details on front pastedown, variant binding of original orange-brown cloth with blind-stamped border on boards and spine titled as usual but with gilt-stamped illustration of negro at foot, a little rubbed, spine faded, library label pasted on upper cover and small sticker at foot of spine, [Penzer 75], 8vo, 1865.

⁂ Important work on West African languages with the information recorded in printed form for the first time.

According to Penzer the first issue binding is in red cloth with blind-stamped border and no illustration on spine; the second issue or "remaindered" binding is in plum cloth with the spine titled "Negro Wit and Wisdom" and illustration at foot. This copy appears to be a mixture of the two.