Black Ivory, A Tale of Adventure among the Slavers of East Africa, Ballantyne, R. M. Published by James Nisbet & Co., London, 1898; dated from prize label to pastedown. 12mo up to 7½” tall., vi + 416pp with six black and white illustrations. Red boards with gilt, black and green illustration to front board and blue and gilt to spine illustration. Endpapers browned; occasional smudging and foxing marks; outer edge soiling; front hinge is weakened. Boards have corner bumping, rubbing to edges, some fading to gilt and colors and a few water marks. In good condition.
‘In writing this book, my aim has been to give a true picture in outline of the Slave Trade as it exists at the present time on the east coast of Africa…. I began my tale in the hope that I might produce something to interest the young (perchance, also, the old) in a most momentous cause, the total abolition of the African slave-trade. I close it with the prayer that God may make it a tooth in the file which shall eventually cut the chains of slavery, and set the black man free’. R.M. Ballantyne. 1873. (From the Preface).