AMERICAN TESTIMONIAL BANQUET, MAY 1890
Souvenir of Dinner to Sir H.M. Stanley, G.C.B.. London: 1890. 8° (248 x 150mm). 12 printed leaves, on green or blue paper, mounted on thick white card. With photographic portraits of Stanley, W.G. Stairs, Thomas Heazle Parke, Robert Henry Nelson, and A.J. Mounteney-Jephson by Henry van de Weyde, London, mounted on 5 leaves, EACH WITH ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH OF THE SITTER. With two further photographic prints showing the Stanley Testimonial Shield and medallions designed by Henry Wellcome, both mounted on one page. Original calf, upper cover embossed with the shield of the United States emblazoned with the name 'Stanley,' and with the American eagle above, white-and-gold patterned endpapers, gilt edges, glassine wrapper (wrapper torn). Provenance: Gift from the Wellcome Foundation to Captain Denzil Stanley (one-page typed letter from G.L. Moore, Secretary to the Foundation, to Denzil Stanley at Furze Hill, Pirbright, Surrey, dated the Wellcome Foundation, 67 Holborn Viaduct, London E.C.1., 25 January 1937, loosely inserted).
A FASCINATING MEMORIAL BOTH OF STANLEY'S LAST EXPEDITION, AND OF LAVISH COMMEMORATIVE DINNERS IN THE LATE VICTORIAN AGE. Following the printed title, the text consists of a list of the Committee and honorary Stewards, including Henry Wellcome as Honorary Secretary, eulogies on Stanley and the four other expedition members, a description of the Stanley Memorial shield, the menu, toast list and programme of music, and finally a list of those 'present at the banquet.' THIS IS ONE OF VERY FEW COPIES WITH ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS. In his letter to Denzil Stanley, Moore states: 'In 1890 a complimentary Dinner was given in London to Sir Henry Morton Stanley after his return from the Emin Pasha Relief Expediiton. Sir Henry Wellcome was honorary Secretary of the Committee which organised the Dinner. We have a few leather-bound Souvenirs of the Dinner which are specially interesting because amongst other things they contain photographic prints of Sir Henry Stanley and of the principal members of the Expedition, each with autographed signatures ....' IN FINE CONDITION.