Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Chronique Du Regne De Menelik II Rois Des Rois D'Ethiopie. Guebre Sellassie.
Chronique Du Regne De Menelik II Rois Des Rois D'Ethiopie
Chronique Du Regne De Menelik II Rois Des Rois D'Ethiopie

Chronique Du Regne De Menelik II Rois Des Rois D'Ethiopie

Paris: Maisonneuve Freres, 1930 & 1931. First edition. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Lrg. 8vo. ix. vii. 796(1)pp. Green cloth with title plate. Some chipping and abrasions to title plates. Age wear and some sunning to binding. Spine sunned. Tiny black spot to front cover of Vol.I. Foxing to fore-page edges. Hinges starting. With bookplate of Wolf Leslau, the former UCLA professor and expert on Semitic languages. Some browning and foxing to endpapers and title pages not affecting text. Minor pulling to few pages. Double-page frontispiece with vibrant colors in Vol.I. Single-page b/w frontispiece in Vol.II. Page XI. and XII. in Vol.I loose but present. Born in 1844, Menelik II. was one of the most celebrated of Ethiopia's rulers, and led the most successful campaign of African resistance to repel the onslaught of European colonialism. Menelik II's reign (1889-1913) coincided with the European scramble for Africa. After serving as governor of Shoa for twenty-five years, Menelik became emperor in 1889. During his reign, he doubled the area he inherited, incorporating vast areas of southern Ethiopia into his domain, mainly through conquest. Always eager to embrace new technology in his quest to modernize ancient Ethiopia, Menelik's innovations were unprecedented in Ethiopian history. Among these were first and foremost the creation of the capitol, Addis Ababa, in the mid 1880's, construction of modern bridges and telegraph lines, the first hotels, hospitals and schools, national currency, a postal system, a national newspaper and many more. After a lengthy illness he died in 1913. The author Guebre Sellassie is the grandson of Menelik II. Illustrated with 64 full-page b/w and two double-page color plates. Bibliography and one extra advertisement page of other books by publisher in rear of Vol.II. Text in French. Overall good condition. Rare. g. Item #11786

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