London:printed By Curzon Press Ltd: Uganda Dept of Information in Collaboration with Central Office of Information, UK, 1954. Book. Good. Soft cover. 87pp, colored map, profusely illustrated with photographs. Tall 8vo/24.5cm. Card wrappers, spiral binding, front cover missing, light foxing first leaf half title), otherwise clean, tight and good.+. A professionally got-up tourist guide to the then British protectorate of Uganda. The country did not become independent until 1962 with the Kabaka of Buganda as its President. Copies of this guidebook appear to be scarce..
Garden City: Zenith Books/Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1965. Book. Illus. by Robin Jacques. Very Good. Soft cover. First American Edition (1963-UK). ix, 118pp, many illustrations from drawings, several maps, guide to pronunciation, index. 8vo/21cm. Paper, light soil and wear, 2 school stamps, otherwise clean, tight and very good. 'A general survey of the African past from earliest times to the present.' A volume in the Zenith Books series on American minority groups. Basil Davidson (1914- ) is a recognized British expert on Africa and Honorary Lecturer at SOAS in London..
Paris: UNESCO, 1956. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 743pp, Introductory Survey by Darryl Forde, specialized studies by dozens of experts with photo illustrations, charts, bibliography, appendices, etc. 8vo/22.5cm. Grey cloth gilt, very light wear, in protected but rubbed and slightly edgeworn dj, small Lahore dealer stamp on ffep, otherwise internally fine. NF/G. Pre-publication presentation card laid in, "UNESCO/With the Compliments of the Director-General. Kindly withhold any announcement of review until: 9 Oct 1956.".
New York: American-African Affairs Association, 1968. Book. Fine. Soft cover. 20 pp, map, 2 drawings. 4to/25.5cm. Illustrated wrappers, back panel slightly soiled, internally fine. Three chapters from the author's book, Africa in Search of Democracy (on African religious, political and tribalism heritages) reprinted with an Introduction by E.B. Meyer. Professor Kofi A. Busia (1913-1978) played many roles in the life of his country, Ghana, heading two political parties, one of which he founded, before becoming Prime Minister in 1969. He also taught and lectured at a number of universities..
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1957. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. xx, 263pp, 15 maps, 2 appendices, index. 12mo/19cm. Red decorated hardcover, shelf wear only, internally fine..
London: HMSO, 1956. Book. Fine. Soft cover. Second impression with amendments of 3rd edition (1950). 92pp, maps, profusely illustrated in monochrome photographs. 12mo/18cm. Pictorial wrappers, light wear, internally fine. The Colonial Office's view of progress in British East Africa under their supervision. BEA then consisted of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya, the Protectorates of Uganda and Zanzibar and the Trust Territory of Tanganyika. All of these territories achieved independence in the 1960s. Tanganyika united with Zanzibar in 1964 to become Tanzania..
Leopoldville (?): Government of the Belgian Congo, 1955. Book. Very Good. No Binding. N.D. (ca 1950s?). Unused. 11 1/4 x 8 inches folded to 5 5/8 x 4/ inches. Denomination 4f. Light blue-green overall with yellow and dark blue border decorations. Light fading at folds and 1/4 inch closed split at top edge, otherwise very good. The printed purple stamp shows an airplane over palms and desert. Purchased in the Belgian Congo in 1958..
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1955. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition (?). xvi, 510pp, 3 maps, 4 monochrome figures, 21 papers (most with commentary sections), appendix on Mau Mau by Sir Philip Mitchell, former Governor of Kenya, index. Tall 8vo/23.5cm. Decorated black cloth gilt, gilt dull, light wear, few light pencil marginalia in paper of G. W. Carpenter (pp 90-113), newsclip article entitles "The Ruins of Africa" by Basil Davidson from The Pakistan Times of 10 June 1956 laid in along with another news article on the Central African Federation froma an issue dated 3 August 1957 along with an unused contemporary "Belgisch-Congo Belge" Aerogramme, otherwise internally fine. The papers were presented at the Conference on Contemporary Africa sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington in August 1954. Among the presenters were Melville Herskovits, Admiral Richard Conolly, George Carpenter, Paul Henry, Max Yergan, Kofi A. Busia, Vernon McKay, Alexander Campbell and Paul H. Nitze. The Commentators included, Glora M. Wysner, E. Franklin Frazier, Robert Baum, Rayford Logan, William Hance and W. Clifford Shields..
New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1953. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. ix, 246pp, map, index. 8vo/21.5cm. Decorated black cloth, light soil, bookplate of previous owner (James Hurley), otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. A general introduction to the Africa of 1953 with an emphasis on the growing nationalism of indigenous peoples. Vernon Bartlett (1894-1983) was an influential British journalist, author, foreign correspondent and political activist..
London: Penguin Books, 1957. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Penguin African Series wa7 edited by David and Helen Kimble. 124, [iv list] pp, further reading, 5 appendices. 12mo/18cm. Card wrappers, small stain front panel, light browning of text, otherwise clean, tight and very good. The author traces the main stages by which an Empire of colonies became a Commonwealth of independent nations, with particular relevance to West Africa. One of the early books of Dennis Austin (1922- ) who taught for several years in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, and has since written more than a dozen books on associated themes..
London: Penguin Books Ltd, 1957. Book. Fine. Soft cover. Penguin African Series wa9. 127pp, Preface, Epilogue, further reading. 12mo/18cm. Paperback, light soil and wear, internally fine. Examines the changes taking place in an increasingly important continent and the possible positive role of Christians. John Vernon Taylor (1914-2001), English priest, poet and theologian, served as a CMS missionary in Africa and in this book is the spokesman for the Christian Frontier Council of London in focusing attention on social and political questions which ought to be of concern to Christians. He was later the General Secretary of the CMS (1963-1973), then Bishop of Winchester (1974-1984) and wrote more than a dozen books..
London: Oxford University Press/Home University Library, 1957. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Home University Library of Modern Knowledge 144. Third Edition (1930), [vii], 236pp, 3 maps, 2 appendices, index. 16mo/17cm. Reddish brown cloth, light wear, in chipped and slightly edgeworn dj, a few corner creases end pages, otherwise very good. Considered a basic text by specialists in the field.. Charles Gabriel Seligson (1873-1940) was a pioneer in British anthropology who conducted significant field research in Nilotic Africa, Melanesia and Sri Lanka. He held the Chair of Ethnology at the University of London..
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Book. Fine. Hardcover. [viii], 276pp, glossary. 8vo/21cm. Grey pictorial cloth, light rubbing, appeal letter of South Africa Defense Fund dated April 12, 1957 signed by John Gunther laid in, otherwise internally fine. A novel about South Africa and apartheid, a follow up to the author's, Cry the Beloved Country. Alan Paton (1903-1988) was a prominent liberal political activist and the founder of the South African Political Party in the year of this book's publication..
[Ibadan?]: West African Library Assoc./Ibadan University Press, 1951. Book. VG. Soft cover. 36pp. 8vo/21/5cm. Original wraps, light wear, ex-library o/w VG. A listing and description of fifty bibliographies relevant to the literature of West Africa, also some general bibliographies on Africa..