TRIBES

[ M. V. Portman, '"Father" of Andaman Islanders', edits and annotates a printed 'Report of the Wreck of the British Ships "Briton" and "Runnymede.'

Author: 
M. V. Portman, Officer in charge of the Andamanese.' [ Maurice Vidal Portman (1860-1935), naval officer, and ethnologist in the Andaman Islands ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. The wreck took place on the Andaman Islands on 12 November 1844. The document postdates the cyclone there in November 1891.
£450.00

Portman's obituary in The Times, 22 February 1935, is subtitled '”Father” of Andaman Islanders', and he was 'Officer in charge of the Andamanese' from 1879 to his retirement in 1901. His ethnographic activities have received some degree of attention in recent years. He wrote two books on the Andaman Islands, presented a large collection of Andaman artefacts to the British Museum, and his many volumes of photographs and papers are scattered between a number of institutions. The present item is excessively scarce, with no copy traced on either OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[North West Frontier Province on eve of Second Mohmand Campaign, 1935] Typed secret British RAF Signals report titled 'Tribal Reconnaissance. Northern Area - Bajaur, Utman Khel, & Mohmand Country.' Describing territory from Shabkadr to Abazai Fort.

Author: 
[Corporal J. P. Murray, Royal Air Force Signals Detachment; North West Frontier Province, British India; Bajaur; Utman Khel; Pashtun Tribes; Afghanistan; Second Mohmand Campaign, 1935.]
Publication details: 
Report undated, with latest date references to '25-4-1933', i.e. 25 April 1933. In envelope marked '1-2-37', i.e. 1 February 1937. Envelope addressed to Corporal J. P. Murray, RAF Signals, Bannu, N.W.F.P. [North West Frontier Province]
£400.00

14pp., foolscap 8vo. Carbon copy of typescript, consisting of a covering page and the report itself, paginated 1-13. With a few minor manuscript emendations. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. In brown paper 1937 OHMS envelope ('S.E.6.'), stamped 'SECRET' twice, with red wax seals of the '20 (A.C.) SQUADRON | R.A.F.', and typed address: '513996. Corporal Murray, J.P. | Royal Air Force Signals Detachment (No. 20 (AC) Squadron). | BANNU, N.W.F.P.' The covering page of the report is stamped 'RESTRICTED', and reads: 'SECRET. | TRIBAL RECONNAISSANCE.

Autograph Signature ('P. B. Du Chaillu').

Author: 
Paul Du Chaillu [Paul Belloni Du Chaillu] (1835-1903), French-American traveller and anthropologist
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

In pencil, on strip of paper roughly 2.5 x 13 cm. Laid down on piece of card. On lightly-aged and creased paper, with small tear close to the right of the signature.

Autograph Letter Signed to Stratford Canning.

Author: 
Joseph Wolff (1795-1862), known as 'the Eccentric Missionary' [Stratford Canning (1786-1880), 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe]
Publication details: 
18 February 1858; Ile-Brewers [Isle Brewers], Taunton, Somerset.
£56.00

12mo, 1 p. On bifolium. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Stub from mount adhering to second leaf, which is docketed by Stratford Canning. In the letter Wolff thanks him for his 'very generous contribution', which has 'safely reached' him. He sends 'many respects to the Lady Stratford & Miss Canning'.

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Chief Jonathan M. Moshoesh [Moshesh, Moshoeshoe, Mshweshwe] , of modernday Lesotho [Basutoland]
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated (but between 1905 and 1913).
£100.00

Dimensions roughly 2.3 x 11.5 cms. On paper with three vertical rules. Reads 'chief Jonathan M. Moshoesh'. Neatly laid down on larger piece of grey paper (roughly 6 x 12 cms), docketed in a contemporary hand 'Basuto chief called Jonathan. He is the biggest chief in Basutoland after "Letsia", the Paramount Chief & next to the throne, being Uncle to "Letsia" who has no heir.' From the reference to childlessness 'Letsia' is clearly Parmount Chief Letsie II Lerotholi, who reigned between 1905 and 1913.

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