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Rattray (Capt. R.S.)


Published: Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1923

Edition: First Edition

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First edition: 348 pages, frontispiece, folding genealogical table at the back, 143 black and white photographs, uncut edges, original brick red cloth titled gilt on the spine, a good copy in the worn dust jacket.

On the front free end paper are 3 photographs dated 30/1/1929 of Captain Rattray arriving at Kumasi by plane, the first plane to reach Kumasi. As there was no airport they landed on the Polo Ground.

Robert Sutherland Rattray, GBE, known as Captain R. S. Rattray (1881, India – 1938), was an early Africanist and student of the Ashanti. He was one of the early writers on Oware, and on Ashanti gold weights. Rattray was born in India of Scottish parents. In 1906 he joined the Gold Coast Customs Service. In 1911 he became the assistant District Commissioner at Ejura. Learning local languages, he was appointed head of the Anthropological Department of Asante in 1921. He retired in 1930. He was killed while flying a glider in on May 14 1938, at the age of fifty-six years. Captain Rattray was acting as pilot of the Oxford University and City Gliding Club, which he himself had founded only a week before.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (240 x160mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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