Lot No: 8014

A collection of 70+ books and booklets on The Gambia and West Africa, ex libris Sir Phillip Rodney Bridges (1922-2007) Chief Justice of the Gambia from 1968-1983, many with his ownership signatures and inscriptions/ book plates/ ink stamps to top page edges, plus nine volumes of typed selected judgements from the Supreme Court of the Gambia 1968-1982, each with Bridges' signature and manuscript title on top wrap and his manuscript indexes at front, three folders typed notes similar, books include Francis Bisset Archer: 'The Gambia Colony and Protectorate: An Official Handbook', London, St Bride's Press, [1905], 1st edition, port frontis and two folding maps and numerous illustrations throughout as called for, 364pp, original cloth gilt, all edges gilt; 1967 new impression of the same work, two folding maps, folding table and illustrations as called for, original cloth gilt, dust wrapper, Bridge's ownership ink stamp to dust wrapper, ownership signature and inscription to FFEP and book plate to front paste down; 'The Gambia Currency Board', bound volume containing First Issue of Currency Notes, 5th October, 1964, six bank notes mounted on printed card leaves, oblong, crushed green morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, in original printed envelope marked for Bridges; Gamble: 'Notes on Mandinka', Bathurst, 1949, original printed wraps; H.R. Palmer: 'The Carthaginian Voyage to West Africa in 500 B.C.', Bathurst, 1931, xiii, 51pp, original cloth backed boards; plus numerous others folktales, Mandingo Kingdoms of the Senegambia, Wolof language, Krio-English dictionary, Ornithology, West African Law, Atlas of Gold Coast, Acora, 1945, plus W. African folding map, 1966, Gambian History, religion etc, plus a packet containing a quantity of Gambian stamp covers, Sir Phillip Bridges served in the Royal Artillery circa 1940-46, was attached to the RWAFF and served with them in Burma, and fought in the Arakan campaign involving a five month journey crossing ten rivers. After military service he was posted to the Gambia as a lands officer, becoming Attorney General in 1964, he helped draft the Gambian constitution prior to independence in 1965, remaining in his post until 1968 being the only European in the Gambian cabinet after independence. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Gambia in 1968 and earned a reputation for fairness, tolerance and kindness. He retired to England in 1983 and died in December 2007 in Suffolk

Catalogue information

This lot is listed in the Books & Ephemera catalogue.

Location: Diss Auction Rooms
Date: 11th February 2021
Starts: 10:00 am
Lots in auction: 286

Online deadline: 11th February 2021, 9:30 am
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