Publisher: London: John Murray, 1849.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Robinson, pages 289-90; Theakstone, page 280.
Condition: Cloth a little rubbed; hinges starting, but sound. Very good copy.
Book ID: 28323
Description8vo, original blind-stamped red cloth, gilt lettering. Publisher's advertisements on the front and rear endpapers.
CommentsElizabeth Melville traveled to Sierra Leone in 1840 where her husband, Michael Melville, was stationed as a colonial judge. From the perspective of a “colonial wife” she chronicled life there, which she managed to cope with more successfully than many had before her. She describes the lush landscapes, the villages, the prevalence of disease, the unbearable climate, political turmoil, former slaves who had taken up residence there, and slave traders who her husband was attempting to bring action against. Melville’s Residence at Sierra Leone was appropriately issued in Murray’s Home and Colonial Library, in a format similar to Typee by Herman Melville (no relation). Two oval stamps of the Berkhamstead Library on the title-page.
Status: On Hold