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Hundreds of adventurous travel stories outside Europe,

by land and sea, ego documents, 

most in first published edition 

and in original or contemporary binding.

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In category travel & exploration

Freeman, Thomas B.

Journal of Two Visits to the Kingdom of Ashanti in Western Africa

London, John Mason 1843 second edition

“to promote the objects of the Wesleyan Missionary Society. With appendices together with an Historical Introduction, by the Rev. John Beecham”

12mo, publisher’s cloth with wear and spine repaired. viii, 196 pages with 4 plates, soiled, most of front free endpaper torn away, sunday school bookplate. Good-. Very scarce. “First” edition was serialized in a Methodist periodical during 1840-1843.

Account of his travels in 1839 and 1841 to the Kingdom of Ashantee. Freeman's second coming to Ashantee received a warm welcome, as he was in the company of two scions of the royal family, John Owusu-Ansa and William Owusu Kwantabisa, political hostages from one of the Anglo-Asante wars and the ensuring 1831 Treaty. The two princes had arrived on the ships of the famed Niger Expedition. The publication of his Kumasi journals made him a celebrity.

€ 350

In category travel & exploration

Freeman, Richard Austin

Travels and life in Ashanti and Jaman

Westminster, Archibald Constable 1898 first edition

8vo, publisher’s cloth, little soiled, spine sunned, top edge gilt. xx, 559, 16 (ads) pages with 2 (1 folding) coloured maps and about 100 (full page) illustrations. Contents clean.

Freeman was the doctor, naturalist and surveyor for the unsuccessful expedition to Ashanti and Jaman in 1888/1889. The expedition went first to Kumasi (Coolmassie, the capital of the then independent kingdom of Ashanti). Their second port of call was Bondoukou, Ivory Coast, where they arrived only to find that the king had just signed a protectorate treaty with the French. Afterwards he became a well known writer of detective stories.

€ 290

In category travel & exploration

Baker, Samuel W.

Ismailia. A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade organized by Ismail, Khedive of Egypt

London, Macmillan 1874 first edition 2 volumes

8vo, original pictorial cloth with wear and blemishes. viii, 447, 56 (ads); viii, 588 pages with 2 portrait frontispieces, numerous wood engraved plates and 2 maps, scattered foxing mainly in the margins. Good complete and sturdy set.

Bookplates of Sir Albert Ruskin Cook (1870 –1951). He was a British medical missionary in Uganda since 1896 and stayed there for the rest of his life. Muteesa, first president of Uganda, was born at the house of Cook in Makindye, Kampala.

"Baker was already one of the most eminent English explorers of Africa when, while visiting Egypt in 1869, he was invited by the Egyptian viceroy, Ismail, to lead an expedition to the upper Nile to establish Egyptian control and suppress the slave trade. By the time of his departure in 1873, Baker had achieved very little in the face of entrenched opposition; but even that little was remarkable; and it was augmented by the publication of this lively narrative."

€ 380