Stanley, Henry M. ~ The American Testimonial Banquet to Henry M. Stanley, In recognition of his Heroic Achievements in the cause of Humanity, Science & Civilisation.
No Publisher : 1890
First edition of this scarce volume issued to those invited to the exclusive 1890 American Testimonial Banquet honoring explorer Henry Stanley, with five vintage prints of Stanley and his chief officers, each mounted on blue paper and tipped to heavy gilt-edged card stock. This handsome programme, issued to those invited to an exclusive May 30, 1890 American Testimonial Banquet held in London some time after Stanley’s return, points to his signal importance as explorer, adventurer and a hero of the Victorian era. Copies were likely to be limited to the 400 or so people at the affair. This lavish volume contains five vintage prints—of Stanley and his chief officers Stairs, Parke, Nelson and Jephson - all in attendance. Each print, measuring 3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, is mounted on pale blue cards displaying captions, signature facsimiles and tipped to heavy gilt-edged card stock. The elaborately tooled and embossed programme also contains a list of committee members and honorary stewards, including James Whistler, P.T. Barnum and Bret Harte, as well as a tipped-in plate of 'Shield and Medallions' and accompanying description, along with the evening’s menu, music programme and 'Toast List'. loosely laid-in is the invitation card (measuring 5 by 6-1/2 inches) completed in manuscript to admit a 'Mr Alfred H. Mason' with the 'No. 352' at the upper left corner. First edition in Very Good+ condition. Octavo with original elaborately tooled full polished brown calf, patterned endpapers and all edges gilt. There has been some mild rubbing in places to the covers and the spine has been sympathetically rebacked and recased. There is some sunning to the spine. Internally, the prints remain generally fresh with moderate age related scattered spotting in places. A handsome scarce production.
CONDITION: Very Good+