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Burton, Richard Francis
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ON THE WEALTH OF ZANZIBAR
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Burton, Richard Francis
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ON THE WEALTH OF ZANZIBAR
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Burton, Richard Francis
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ON THE WEALTH OF ZANZIBAR
discussing the personal wealth of the Sultan, the region's rich resources and recent changes in the economy, working draft with extensive revisions, brown ink with occasional additions in pencil, text written first on numbered rectos (1-8) with additions, revisions and notes on the facing versos, 13 pages, plus blanks, 8vo, mid-1870s, bound with a transcription in modern speckled calf, strengthened at folds, light staining to outer leaves
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 10 December 1993, lot 183

Catalogue Note

"...the abolition of slavery has greatly diminished the number of hands in the Island and on the Coast of Zanzibar, which are equally rich in cloves and in pure copal ... not to speak of the finest ivory in the world..."

 AN ANALYSIS OF THE RESOURCES OF BARGHASH BIN SAID, SULTAN OF ZANZIBAR. Barghash was evidently negotiating for a loan from Britain, and Burton here explains the extensive resources that underpin his creditworthiness. He was the second sultan of Zanzibar after the division of the Arab Sultanate of Muscat and Oman in 1856, and ruled vast swathes of East Africa from his capital of Stone Town. Burton’s report is a snapshot of Zanzibar in the years immediately following Sultan Barghash’s abolition of the slave trade in 1870. Burton had visited the island of Zanzibar with Speke in the 1850s and his book, Zanzibar, had been published in 1872.

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