Manchester: John Heywood, . 1st. EXTREMELY SCARCE. G-/-- sm. "octavo" (18 cm.) without d.j., as issued. vi, [xiv], 306,  pp. + frontis. & 1 l. plate. Sewn gatherings in printed boards with pasted cloth spine: internally in G+ to VG- condition, pages beginning to tone at margins but paper is sound, clean & apparently unmarked; spine split through & pages loose but boards are undamaged & all contents (incl. advertising) are present. Could readily be recased with no loss of original material. Only one copy of this edition found in institutional collection (Cambridge) -- this is the true first ed. of the "Handbook," claims for the 1922/1923 edition notwithstanding. Running tile "Wood's Handbook of the Gold Coast." [SHELVE WITH RARE BOOKS].
Paris: Didier & Co., 1881. VG+ paperback. Small Octavo in gray-green wraps with black text on spine, no DJ. Some shelfwear; wraps a bit age toned, slightly chipped along edges and at tail of spine. Binding remarkably square and tight, interior clean though scattered foxing present. Scarce title; text in French - texte en Francais.
London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd., 1968. Third Edition. VG/VG+ Octavo in blue cloth over boards with gilt text, DJ mustard/tan with dark brown text on spine. Minor shelfwear; boards bumped at corners, head and tail of spine, front board ever so slightly bowed. DJ spine a bit age toned [now in mylar]. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste down. Interior clean and bright, binding solid. Shelved Willis Coll. Case.
Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1874. 3eme. VG- / w/o. d.j. (as issued). 239 pp. + frontis. & map. Originally issued in paper wrappers now in contemporary ¼ pigskin over marbled boards. Internally shows scattered foxing plus some marginal fingerprint staining, age-toning to paper, but sound & without embrittlement. Residue of original wrappers remains on half-title page & at end but wraps themselves not present. Binding is good-quality late-Nineteenth Century work with gilt spine title & 4 repeating floral devices in blind-tooled panels. It is minimally edgeworn with a few small spots of rubbing along the joints with no other faults apparent; TEXT IN FRENCH.
London: Frank Cass & Co. LTD, 1968. Second Edition. Octavo in red cloth with orange pictorial dust jacket, VG+/VG, dust jacket protected by Mylar sleeve, title in black on sun-faded orange dj spine. Shelf wear, light bumping to boards, binding sound. Dust jacket has one inch closed tear to right top of front, two 1/4 inch closed tears to top of spine, light shelf wear, sunning to spine.Text block is age toned, text is clean. Illustrated with black and white photographs, fold-out map in the back. John Ralph Willis bookplate on front pastedown. 240 pages. Shelve Willis Collection.
New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1897. 1st. 252 pp. [incl. t.p.]. VG to VG- / no d.j. (as issued). A more or less "tidied-up" edition of a memoir prepared by an early Anglican missionary in the British colony of Sierra Leone during the first decades of the Nineteenth Century, with about 40 pp. of discursive appendices. Internally a very pretty copy of this work; appears to be unmarked and essentially unsoiled. There is a hint of age-toning around the margins of the pages and a bit of dust-soiling at the head of the textblock but no other faults in this regard are evident. the endpapers are a little browned and the paper at the front hinge is just starting to split near the head. Otherwise the original publisher's brown cloth binding with gilt spine & cover titles is in excellent shape: there is a little edgewear, really only apparent at the extreme head & tail of the spine and the points are barely rubbed. Given the book's age, these cosmetic issues are surprisingly minor. Generally a very good copy of a fairly uncommon work. -Shelve Willis Collection next to African section.