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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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Ramseyer (Friedrich August) and Kühne (Johannes)

Four years in Ashantee

London, James Nisbet 1875 first English edition

8vo, publisher’s decorated cloth, mottled. xv, 320 pages with 4 wood engravings. Rare first English edition.

English translation of “Vier Jahre in Asante. Tagebücher der Missionare Ramseyer und Kühne aus der Zeit ihrer Gefangenschaft”. Ramseyer was a Swiss-born Basel missionary, who was captured by the Ashanti in 1869 together with his wife, Kühne and the French trader Marie-Joseph Bonnat. Then began a four-year imprisonment and a subsequent walk through bush, steppe and swamps. The captivity of the missionaries was one of the reasons for the punitive expedition of the English in 1874.

€ 350

In category travel & exploration

Gleichen, Count (Edward)

With the Mission to Menelik 1897

London, Edward Arnold 1898 first edition

8vo, publisher’s blue cloth with gilt. xi, 363 pages with a photogravure frontispiece, many  (full page) illustrations and 2 folding maps. Near Fine.

Gleichen was member of Rennell Rodd’s succesful mission though an entirely new country, starting from Zeila on the coast of the Gulf of Aden to the Abyssinian king Menelik II, considered the founder of modern Ethiopia, in Addis Ababa. There the Anglo-Ethiopian Treaty of 1897 was agreed upon. This is the only authentic account of the expedition.

€ 250

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