['British Africa', African independence and the UK Foreign Office.] Typewritten Foreign Office briefing document on 'The effect of the political awareness of the natives of WEST AFRICA on all african natives and their governments'.

'British Africa', African independence and the Foreign Office [Somaliland; Gold Coast; Nigeria; Uganda; Kenya; Northern and Southern Rhodesia; Kwame Nkrumah; Obafemi Awolowo]
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[United Kingdom Foreign Office, Whitehall, London. Circa 1953.]

From a batch of Foreign Office documents, including material from the Information Research Department (for whose activities, financed from the budget of the Special Intelligence Service, otherwise MI6, see The Times, 17 August 1995; and also Michael Cullis's obituary of Sir John Peck in the Independent, 20 January 1995). Duplicated typescript, headed '(b) The effect of the political awareness of the natives of WEST AFRICA on all african natives and their governments'. Divided into two sections: 'Who rules in British Africa' and 'Africa's great divide'. 4pp, foolscap 8vo.

[ Sir Allan Wolsey Cardinall. ] Printed bibliography: 'A Gold Coast Library by A. W. Cardinall, F.R.G.S., F.R.A.I., Author of "Natives of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast."'

A. W. Cardinall, F.R.G.S., F.R.A.I. [ Sir Allan Wolsey Cardinall (1887-1956); the Gold Coast; Ghana; Africa; African ]
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Francis Edwards, 83, High Street, Marylebone, London, W.1. 1924.

36pp., 12mo. Stapled in grey printed wraps. On worn and aged paper. A list of 791 titles, with commentary and index. In an introductory paragraph Cardinall explains that as 'the Gold Coast is merely a conventional term for a portion of Western Africa which belongs to the British Crown, and has no definite boundaries save arbitrary ones of European agreement', it is 'impossible to confine oneself to works dealing exclusively with that portion of the world which we know as the Gold Coast.

[ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington of the Anti-Aircraft Corps in the First World War. ] Large manuscript 'Table shewing how long an Airship will be in Range at various speeds according to the above diagram'.

Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet [ Anti-Aircraft Corps; First World War; airships; Zeppelin ]
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[ Anti-Aircraft Corps (British), First World War.]

66 x 53 cm. On wove paper. In fair condition: aged, worn and creased. The upper third of the page carries a semi-circular diagram giving measurements for the target at ranges from 500 to 3000 yards and 7000 to 3600 yards, 'Through an arc of 165°'. The lower two-thirds of the page carries text in two columns, under two headings. The first, 'Extreme Range . . .

[ Communist Party of Great Britain. ] Duplicated Typescript headed 'Information Document prepared by Africa Committee' on 'The West African Cocoa Industry' (Gold Coast, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and French Cameroons).

[ Communist Party of Great Britain, International Department ] [ West African Cocoa Industry; Gold Coast; Nigeria; Ivory Coast; French Cameroons; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
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[ Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] International Department, 16, King Street, London, W.C.2. May, 1946.

5pp., 8vo. On five foolscap leaves. In good condition, lightly aged. The report is single-spaced, and factual rather than polemical, describing the 'network of buying stations' (run by 'non-European intermediaries (African or Syrian)') maintained by the 'European firms that buy and export practically the whole crop', and the recommendations of the 1938 Nowell Report.

Material collected by Alexander Howard Ross, English colonial official in Ashante, Gold Coast, and Sierra Leone, including 158 photographs, correspondence of the Sierra Leone Development Co Ltd, an essay by him on West African piracy, and scrapbook.

Alexander Howard Ross (1880-1965), Commissioner, Southern Province of Sierra Leone, 1920-1928
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Most of the photographs dating from Ashanti, Gold Coast, and Sierra Leone, 1905-1920. Other material from England and Africa, 1930-1961.

The bulk of Ross's papers is deposited in the Rhodes House Library at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The present collection derives from Ross's sister, Mrs Paterson.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F. R. Hassler') from the surveyor Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler, head of the United States Coast Survey, to Hon. John C. Spencer, Secretary of the US Treasury, regarding 'the plan of Operation for the Coast Survey'.

Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (1770-1843), Swiss-born American surveyor, head of the United States Coast Survey and the Bureau of Weights and Measures [John Canfield Spencer (1788-1855), politician]
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Washington City; 28 May 1843.

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Hassler begins: 'The peculiar position in which I am, will plead my excuse for addressing you the enclosed papers, and the cold which I have, for not coming personally in the present bad weather, as I intended, and shall do soon as admissible.' He asks Spencer to visit 'this Office before Your ultimate decision upon the plan of Operation for the Coast Survey'.

[Book] Sailing Directions for the Coast of Brazil from Maranham to Rio Janeiro. Compiled from the Latest Surveys . . .With an Appendix to 1867.

[Sailing; Brasil Coast] Anon.
Sailing Directions for the Coast of Brazil from Maranham to Rio Janeiro.
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London: James Imray & Son, Chart Publisher and Nautical Booksellers ... , 1870
Sailing Directions for the Coast of Brazil from Maranham to Rio Janeiro.


Autograph Letter Signed ('Ofori /') to 'Mr. Parsons'.

Nana Sir Ofori Atta (1881-1943), Member of Executive Council of Gold Coast (Ghana)
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Written in green ink on one side of a piece of watermarked paper roughly 20 x 12.5 cm. Nineteen lines of text. Fair, on lightly-aged paper with a couple of pin holes. Heavily stylised signature with long gap between the 'O' and 'f' of 'Ofori'. He thanks him for the letter, and is 'very pleased to welcome you to Ryebi [capital of Akem]'. He was 'awfully delighted to hear that Mr. Myerstein has completely recovered from his recent serious illness' and is pleased to learn that they are 'starting work on the reef very shortly'.

Three Autograph Letters Signed, Three Typed Letters Signed, to Sir Harry Lindsay and C. Buchanan-Dunlop of the Royal Society of Arts, together with three carbons of replies and a newspaper cutting.

William Ernest Frank Ward [GHANA]
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1948-9; Ward's six letters on Colonial Office letterheads.

English educationalist (born 1900) and authority on West Africa. Various formats from 12mo to quarto. Very good. Some items stamped or docketed. Mainly relates to a lecture to the Society by Ward, provisionally entitled 'Mass education in the colonies'. Letter of 1 November 1948: 'I am leaving for Beirut in a fortnight to attend the UNESCO conference, and am straining to get the next issue of 'Overseas Education' off to the press before I go.

Two Typed Letters Signed and one Autograph Card Signed to the Secretary, 'Dominions & Colonies Section', Royal Society of Arts.

Captain Sir Cecil Hamilton Armitage [the Ashanti Campaign; the Gambia]
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The letters 31 August 1927 and 22 March 1928; the card, 2 July 1928; all three items 76 Jermyn St, St. James's (one letter on letterhead).

British soldier and colonial official (1869-1933), Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Gambia Colony and Protectorate, 1920-7. All three items very good. Both letters one page, quarto; both bearing the R.S.A. stamp, and one docketed. All three items signed 'C. A. Armitage'. LETTER ONE: Thanks the R.S.A.

ALS, 3pp, 8vo, to Malcolm MacKenzie

Dorothy Brooks
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4 May 1950, Applegarth Studio, Augustus Rd, W14

On two letterheads of the West African Writers and Artists Club, 129 Camberwell Rd. Major Shepheard has suggested that correspondent might supply contacts for the Club. Describes the Club's activities and lists the names of thirteen Gold Coast students from a recent British Council exhibition, whose addresses she asks for, along with the names of others from Nigeria. Two items,

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