[Item #80736] General Rigby, Zanzibar and the Slave Trade, with Journals, Dispatches, etc. EAST AFRICA, SLAVERY, ABOLITION, Christopher Palmer RIGBY, ed Mrs. Charles E. B. Russell, Gen.

General Rigby, Zanzibar and the Slave Trade, with Journals, Dispatches, etc.

London: George Allen & Unwin, 1935. First Edition. First impression. Octavo (22cm). Blue cloth gilt; dustjacket; [vi],[14]-404,[4]pp; folding map inserted between end of text and index. Tight, clean and unmarked, Near Fine; in the original printed dustwrapper, unclipped (priced 16s. at base of front flap); jacket lightly worn, still Very Good or better. An attractive copy.

Rigby (1820-1885) was the second British consul at Zanzibar, serving from 1858 to 1860. He was an energetic opponent of the slave trade and, though he did not succeed in fully suppressing the traffic in enslaved people during his time in Zanzibar (where the last slave market would not close until 1873), he did manage to free more than eight thousand slaves during his two-year tenure. This volume includes a full transcription of Rigby's lively journal, the original of which was sold at Bonham's in 2021 for more than £50,000. A nice copy of a somewhat uncommon book, rarely seen in its dustwrapper.

Price: $200.00

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