RICHARDSON, James. Travels in Morocco. Edited by his Widow. London, Skeet, 1860.
Two volumes in one, 8vo. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, all edges and endpapers marbled, one of two lettering-pieces renewed, spine ornamented in gilt; pp. xxvi, , 301; vi, 319 [recto 321], two engraved frontispieces, each title with wood-engraved vignette, a few wood-engravings in the text, light rubbing to extremites, lettering-piece missing, but lettering clearly legible; minimal toning, contemporary inscription 'The editor of Chambers' on first title; a good copy of a scarce title.
First edition of an important work on Morocco. James Richardson (1806–1851) was a traveller in Africa and anti-slavery campaigner, who worked for the Malta Times. 'There he set up a branch of the anti-slavery society, ... and established contact with all British consular agents in north Africa, becoming a warm friend of Colonel Hanmer George Warrington, consular-general in Tripoli and a particular enemy of the slave trade. Having heard that, under British pressure, the bey of Tunis had agreed to stop the export of slaves from Tunis and the public sale of slaves there, Richardson travelled there in 1842 to present him with a petition of lavish praise (cited in the Anti-Slavery Reporter, 23 March 1842, 45). In 1843 he set off on a mission to gather statistics on slavery for the anti-slavery society and to persuade the Sultan of Morocco to reject slavery' (ODNB). Richardson describes the political and social organisation of Morocco, visiting many remote places and reports at length on the old Jewish communities of the country. He died on his last journey in Central Africa.
Provenance: The dedicatee of the this copy was most likey Andrew Findlater, who worked for the Edinburgh publisher of the eponymous dictionary, Chambers. It is most likely that Richardson' widow inscribed the title-page. Findlater 'also contributed a series of essays entitled Notes of Travel and various other articles for The Scotsman' (ODNB).