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BOWEN, THOMAS JEFFERSON. Central Africa. Adventures and Missionary Labors in Several Countries in the Interior of Africa, from 1849 to 1856. By T. J. Bowen. Charleston: Southern Baptist Publication Society. No. 229 King Street. 1857. 12mo. Bound publisher's dark brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine, worn through cloth at spine ends and corners, small (2mm) hole in spine cloth, brown heavily foxed endpapers with former owner's signature dated June 10, 1857, corner torn from front free endpaper, medium to heavy foxing. Folding map of the Yoruba country (present day Nigeria). Collation: 1-306. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright & printer, (2) preface, (1) note, (1) blank, [vii]-xii, folding map, -359pp, (1) blank. A narrative of several journey in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Yoruba country--present day Nigeria. The author's travels also touched parts of present day Ghana and Benin (Dahomey). The author along with reporting on the missions in the various countries, includes a wealth of descriptive detail about the people, countryside, customs, agriculture (including a few recipes), slavery and the slave trade, language, etc.