Philadelphia: Reading & Company, Publishers, 1890. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , vii-xv, 278 pp. Illustrated with numerous plates (steel engravings and photographs) and two maps, including a chromolithograph of French colonial currency used in turn-of-the-century Western Africa. The illustrations include portraits of native peoples, Mrs. Reading, several different churches in West Africa, a palm oil production facility, and several steam ships. Green cloth stamped in black and gilt with a beautiful lion's head adorning the front board. Spine lettered in gilt. A fascinating account of a missionary trip to the Ivory Coast, documenting European Christians' attitudes towards the native African tribal peoples. In addition, Reading's account details the construction of roads, churches, the production of plants in the region, and the geographical borders of several different African territories according to European colonization in the late nineteenth century. Near Fine. Item #00008128
A Near Fine book with minor rubbing to the spine, and a contemporary bookplate on the front pastedown with his name and date (Horace B. Mitchell, Harrisburg, PA 1900) on the free front endpaper. Gilt exceptionally bright.