Trade Castles And Forts Of West Africa.




Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square.





Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6.25 x 9.25 inches. 387 + [1] pp. Bound in original brown cloth, gilt in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine. A very good copy. Gift inscription from Mary Wentworth Kelly to Kathleen and Basil Liddell Hart, with additional signed note by author on first free endpaper. Loosely inserted: gift card to Captain and Mrs B H Liddell Hart and review of the book from Times Literary Supplement, 1964. Illustrated by 96 pages of black and white plates, map and 47 text figures. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. A detailed history and survey of the fortified trading stations established by the colonial powers (Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Brandenburg, England, France, Holland, etc.) on the west coast of Africa. It is extensively illustrated by high quality black and white photographs and by scale ground plans. The author, Arnold Walter Lawrence (1900-91) was the youngest brother and literary executor of T. E. Lawrence. An archaeologist and classicist, he was Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, 1944-51, and subsequently Professor of Archaeology at the University College of the Gold Coast. A founder of the National Museum, he directed the survey and restoration of the remaining castles and forts in that country. This is an inscribed presentation copy, also signed by the author, to Captain Basil Liddell Hart (1895-1970), controversial military theorist and historian and to his wife. An abridged edition of this book was published under a different title in 1969. A fine signed association copy of this scarce title.

[Stock No. 24692]

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