Notes: One of the few 19th century African dictionaries compiled by an African native speaker. This book, a Yoruba to English dictionary, is based on an earlier version, first published in 1843. Crowther's dictionary was reissued (with revisions) many times, most recently in 1950 by Oxford University Press, a remarkable period of usefulness for such a book.
As a boy, Crowther was captured by enslavers and sold to Portuguese enslavers buying workers for Brazilain plantations. The British navy seized the ship Crowther was placed on and returned him and the other briefly enslaved men, women, and children to Africa. Crowther went to school, converted to Christianity, and pursued a career in the clergy, untimately becoming the first African Anglican bishop.
viiii, 289 pages.
Edition + Condition: First edition (of this iteration of the dictionary). The book would be very good in the original publisher's cloth but for a three-inch section at the top of the spine which fell of an was partially replaced with a crude repair which reglued a portion of the cloth, but in the wrong place. Previous owner's bookplate on inside front cover.
Publication: London: Seeleys, 1852.
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