My Kalulu, Prince King, and Slave: A Story of Central Africa

STANLEY, Henry Morton. My Kalulu, Prince King, and Slave: A Story of Central Africa.

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STANLEY, Henry Morton. My Kalulu, Prince King, and Slave: A Story of Central Africa. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1873.

8vo. Original green cloth illustrated, ornamented and lettered in black and gilt; pp. xiv, [2], 432, 48 (advertisements, dated October, 1873, with one illustration at the end), wood-engraved frontispiece (retaining tissue guard), facsimile, 14 wood-engraved plates and one wood-engraved illustration in the text; only light rubbing to hinges and corners; one page with small portion of upper outer corner torn away, occasionally light spotting; provenance: printed name Walter Wilkinson on label inside front cover.
Extremely rare true first edition, first issue, in the original pictorial cloth, rather than the red remainder binding. This is an adventure story, with the hero's name based on Stanley's traveling companion and the scenery derived from his Central African experience gathered during the search expedition to find Livingstone. 'At Tabora, he acquired a servant, a young boy named Kalulu, whom he later brought to England. After a further three months he travelled towards the south-west, on the most arduous stage of his journey' (Oxford DNB). Just before the publication of the book describing how he found Livingstone, Stanley left Britain, together with Kalulu for a lecture tour of America. After their return he published the present book.
The rarity of this book might be explained by the fact that it was alleged to be a homosexual love story, and describes the growing friendship between a character called Kalulu (an 'Apollo'), who is actually older than the real Kalulu and another boy called Selim, named after Stanley's translator in Africa. - See Robert F. Aldrich, Colonialism and Homosexuality, pp. 37-44.

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