victims of murder, rape and and theft shamed and blamed
ROTH, H. Ling. Great Benin. Its Customs, Art and Horrors. Halifax, F. King & Sons, 1903.
4to. Original red cloth with bevelled edges, lettered and illustrated in gilt; pp. xii, 234, xxxii, highly illustrated in the text after plates and photographs; minimal marking to cloth, occasional very light toning; a very good copy.
First edition, one of only 320 copies printed, 'and no other or cheaper edition will be issued' (half-title). Henry Ling Roth (1855-1925) was an anthropologist, author and museum-curator. This book is based on records of his brother F. Norman who was medical officer to the 'Benin punitive expedition', a euphemism for barbaric butchery, the destruction of a kingdom, facilitated and 'justified' by Machiavellian machinations of the British.