LIVINGSTONE, David (1813-1873), and Sir Henry Morton STANLEY (1841-1904) - Robert MOFFAT (1795-1883). Missionary Labours and Scenes in Southern Africa. London: John Snow, 1842. 8° (216 x 130mm). Coloured frontispiece by George Baxter, wood-engraved title vignette, folding engaved map, torn at folds, 5 wood-engraved plates only (of 6), 10 wood-engraved illustrations (2 full-page), extra-illustrated with a small mounted machine-print photograph of Stanley, and a tipped-in 4pp. small-format tract on blue paper about Sarah Roby, both on front free endpaper. (Lacking plate to face p.135, plate facing p.533 torn and spotted, title and first leaf of dedication with semi-circular section lacking from outer blank margin, occasional spotting.) Contemporary red half calf gilt, black morocco lettering-piece to spine (extremities rubbed, front inner hinge split), modern purple cloth box, red morocco 'spine' label.
Provenance: Robert Moffat and family (signatures of the author, his wife, seven of their children and their adopted child Sarah Roby, dated 4 June 1842); John William Sheldon (presentation inscription, dated 22 November 1842, from the author, but also signed by the author's wife, and at a later date by David Livingstone and Henry M. Stanley,) by descent; Mrs. Shields (neé Sheldon, gift in 1930 to); W.F. Curtis (see inserted typed note, dated 1965, concerning the gift of this work to); the London Missionary Society.
AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY, PROBABLY THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF A BOOK SIGNED BY BOTH STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE: signed by the author (Livingstone's father-in-law and an important 19th-century missionary), the author's wife and children (including Livingstone's future wife, Mary), Sarah Roby (an African orphan raised by the Moffats) and by both Livingstone and Stanley. It appears that this Moffat family copy was given by Robert to John Sheldon in Manchester in 1842. Perhaps Livingstone, Robert's son in law inscribed it on one of his visits to England, while Stanley may have signed it on one of his tours to Manchester in the 1880s.