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Henry Wellington Wack

The Story of the Congo Free State

Social, political, and economic aspects of the Belgian system of government in Central Africa

Published: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1905

Edition: First edition

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1 volume. First edition. Bookplate of Jesse Russell Taft.

Publishers brown covers.

Blind-stamped title with vignette of native.

Gilt titles on spine [faded] + gilt vignette.

xv, [1], 634 pages.

Frontispiece portrait with captioned tissue-guard.

125 plates and illustrations over 101 pages.

1 in-text map.

1 large fold-out colour map [56 x 84 cm].

Very good condition throughout.

The following unflattering comment has been offered

for Wack not doing enough to help the native population.

"Wack was a lawyer and author of several historical works

including this abomination - a defense of King Leopold's butchery

of the people of the Congo. He was actually a paid hack for

His Majesty though he kept that fact a secret while urging

various American business leaders to invest in the area."

There is a letter from the Royal Geographical Society in response

to an inquiry concerning H. W. Wack.

Recorded shipping weight 2000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 23.5 x 16 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 0657087803
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Credit Cards - PayPal - Cheque.
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved

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