RUSSELL, Charles. The Work. Being Some Episodes in the Life of Charles Russell, as put forth in the papers left by him at Kijabe in the year of our Lord 1901. [Nairobi], Printed for Private Circulation only at the Eweare Press, 1912.
8vo. Original cloth-backed printed boards; pp. [vi], 58, [2, blank]; fornt cover alittle scratched, light wear to corners; light offsetting from endpapers; printed on high-quality handmade wove paper.
Number 2 of a printrun of 55 copies. This rather strange book publishes the recollections of a worker employed by the Uganda Railway as a foremen rivetter between 1898 and 1901. 'He was a typical cockney, and a remarkably good workman. He left the service of the the Railway on the completion of the Kikuyu Viaducts, and after his departure the diary was found amongst other papers in the tin shanty in which he had lived' (B. Eastwood in the Introduction). The editor further claims that there had been an edition of this text of 13 copies, published in 1902 and one of 35 copies in 1908. The steady increase of numbers printed could hint at a slow growing success of this East African, privately printed book.
Not in COPAC.