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Gurley, Ralph Randolph, 1797-1872.

Published by New-York: 1839., Robinson & Franklin, (1839)

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Item Description: New-York: 1839., Robinson & Franklin, 1839. Hardcover. portrait by N. Jocelyn (illustrator). vii, [17]-396, [1], 160 p.; front. (port.); 22.5 cm. [title continues] writings; with a brief sketch of the life of the Rev. Lott Cary. -- Item 8 in the appendix, p. 80-89, is a letter from April 23, 1836 to Christian Gottlieb Blumhardt, founder of the Basel Missionary Society, propounding six questions on missionary policy. -- Item 10, p. 93-96, includes letters to Ashmun in December 1831 from James Madison and John Marshall, with congressional resolutions on Indian and public lands. -- Reissue of first edition (1835) with cancel title-page. Fair ex-l. green cloth, spine chipped. Punch stamp on title-page. Bookseller Inventory # 019844

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Ralph Randolph Gurley

Published by James C. Dunn, Washington (1835)

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Item Description: James C. Dunn, Washington, 1835. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Tightly bound in full, brown leather, with very well attached covers. Both the spine and the covers have good, unworn edges. Slight soiling to the back cover, with some staining to the endpapers and to the corners of the ending pages. Pagination: Frontispiece portrait of Jehudi Ashmun, 396 pages, followed by a 160 page Appendix. The pages are generally clean and crisp, and are tightly bound, with occasional foxing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 15948

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Gulliver, Hal

Published by James C Dunn, Washington, D.C. (1835)

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Item Description: James C Dunn, Washington, D.C., 1835. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo. 396 pp., plus 160 pp., index. Rebound in green buckram. A good deal of foxing throughout and water damage at bottom of first 100 pp. Owner's name, in ink, on ffep. Bookseller Inventory # 000779

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Gurley, Ralph Randolph

Published by James C. Dunn, Washington DC (1835)

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Item Description: James C. Dunn, Washington DC, 1835. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 396; 160 pages; With an Appendix, containing extracts from his Journal and other Writings; with a brief Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Lott Cary. Contemporary full calf, edges of the boards showing considerable, deep rubbing, flat spine has the surface nearly rubbed away, hinges cracking, but still holding. A solid copy, but no longer handsome. Frontispiece portrait of Jehudi Ashmun w/ tissue guard. Scattered foxing throughout, with several gatherings somewhat toned brown. Jehudi Ashmun [1794-1828] reorganized the Liberian mission shortly after arriving in 1822 as principal Agent of the American Colonial Society. While his tenure was marked by various difficulties and controversies, most sources agree that he found Liberia on the verge of collapse, and left it a strong and vibrant colony of over 1200, suppressing two rebellious attacks with a small force of 35 men and boys, facing overwhelming numbers among the rebels. The appendices are particularly of interest, including the whole text of Ashmun's :The Liberia Farmer" -- a practical pamphlet advising the industrious settlers on the climate of Africa, the soils of their region, fencing, manures and other preparations, and the sorts of crops which might be cultivated to best advantage: rice, indian corn and cassada, yams, sweet potatoes, plantains, bananas and oranges, limes and other fruits, pineapples, cotton, sugarcane, coffee, indigo, ginger, etc. At the very end of the volume is a section, with a separate half title, devoted to the life of Lott Cary, an African American born into slavery near Richmond, Virginia. Cary managed to teach himself to read and write, and became an invaluable warehouseman in tobacco cultivation, to the point that he saved enough from selling odd bits and pieces left over from the parcels consigned to his warehouse that he was able to buy his freedom and that of his two children - for $850, a substantial sum in 1813. Lott Cary was the first Baptist missionary to Liberia and ran the affairs of the Liberian colony after Ashmun's first departure, and it was recommended that his leadership be made official and permanent when Cary died suddenly as the result of his hands-on approach to the defense of a property of the Colony at Digby, near Monrovia. This storehouse had been robbed by natives, who had allowed slave traders to make use of the facility. Lott Cary organized a defensive force; he and several others were killed when a candle was overturned while Cary and his men were loading gunpower into cartridges. [See The Journal of Negro History 7, no. 4 (October 1922), 380-418]. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. Bookseller Inventory # 39073

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GURLEY, Ralph Randolph

Published by Printed for James C. Dunn, Washington (1835)

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Item Description: Printed for James C. Dunn, Washington, 1835. FIRST EDITION. Engraved frontispiece portrait. Contemporary sheepskin; light penciling, extremities rubbed, otherwise very good. First edition. One of the best and earliest principal sources on Liberia's colonial history. Of particular interest is the chapter devoted to the uprising of 1822. The appendix contains the author's views of the natural history and agriculture of the region. Bookseller Inventory # 11380

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