COOPER, Joseph. The Lost Continent; or, Slavery and the Slave-Trade in Africa, 1875. With Observations on the Asiatic Slave-Trade, Carried on Under the Name of Labour….

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'will public interest be brought to bear in the right direction? if so, under divine blessing, slavery and the slave-trade in africa may speedily be abolished'

COOPER, Joseph. The Lost Continent; or, Slavery and the Slave-Trade in Africa, 1875. With Observations on the Asiatic Slave-Trade, Carried on Under the Name of Labour Traffic, and Some Other Subjects. London: Barrett, Sons and Co. for Longmans, Green & Co., 1875.

8vo. Original green cloth gilt, upper board titled in gilt and with gilt border, lower board with border in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, chocolate-brown endpapers, unopened; pp. viii, 138, [2 (list of 4 works by Etienne-Félix Berlioux, verso blank)], 8 (Opinions of the Press) hand-coloured folding lithographic map by Edward Weller; extremities very slightly rubbed, occasional light spotting, otherwise a fresh and bright copy.
First edition, the issue with an additional appendix and Opinions of The Press of Cooper's rare work. The Lost Continent followed the publication of the abolitionist Joseph Cooper's translation of Etienne-Félix Berlioux' The Slave-Trade in Africa in 1872; as Cooper states in his preface to the present work, since the earlier work's publication, 'many circumstances have occurred to excite public interest in the question. The discovery of Dr. Livingstone at Ujiji, his subsequent travels and lamented death, together with the mission of Sir Bartle Frere and the works of other travellers, have all combined to arouse an intense amount of popular feeling. Will public interest be brought to bear in the right direction? If so, under Divine blessing, Slavery and the Slave-trade in Africa may speedily be abolished' (p. vii). Hogg describes The Lost Continent as a 'general description of the slave trade', which concludes that 'the only remedy is abolition of slavery in Turkey and Egypt'; the work also discusses the slave trade in Africa (the Gold Coast, Madagascar, and the Portuguese settlements in East Africa), Afghanistan, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Surinam, and Java, and considers Livingstone's missionary work in chapters X and XI.
Hogg 65 (first edition, first issue; pp. 130).

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