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In category travel & exploration

Markham, Clements R.

A History of The Abyssinian Expedition

London, Macmillan 1869 first edition

“With a chapter containing an account of the mission and captivity of Mr. Rassam and his companions by Lieutenant W. F. Prideaux”

8vo, publisher’s cloth. xii, 484 pages, 52 pages publishers catalogue with 4 folding maps and a plan. Some minor wear, but generally clean. Rather scarce.

The British Expedition to Abyssinia was a rescue mission and punitive expedition carried out in 1868 by the armed forces of the British Empire against the Ethiopian Empire. Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia, then often referred to by the anglicized name Theodore, imprisoned several missionaries and two representatives of the British government in an attempt to get the attention of the British government. Markham served as geographer to Sir Robert Napier's Abyssinian expeditionary force, and was present in 1868, at the fall of Magdala.

€ 420


In category travel & exploration

Palgrave, William Gifford

Dutch Guiana

London, Macmillan and co 1876 first edition

8vo, publisher's green cloth, rubbed, spine ends worn. vii, 264 pages with 2 (coloured) folding maps, some scattered foxing. Uncommon.

Account of a short visit to Surinam - in the author's words a "Creole paradise" - by a reknowned world traveller in consular service, famous for his journey through Arabia. Nevertheless he managed to compile quite a dossier on the life, history and culture of the colonial lifestyle. Nice maps of Surinam and a street plan of Paramaribo.

€ 240


In category travel & exploration

Brett, Rev. W. H.

The Indian Tribes of Guiana; Their Condition and Habits

London, Bell and Daldy 1868 first edition

8vo, publisher’s green cloth with traces of use. xiii, 500 pages with a folding map, 8 striking hand-coloured lithographs and 11 plain plates, title-vignette and a few illustrations in the text. Errata slip present. Hinges reinforced. Bath Public Reference Library’s bookplate stating that the book is a gift of M. Oppenheim (pioneer naval historian) in 1919 with their scattered blind stamps, and a stamp of the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions. Uncommon.

Reverent Brett spent almost forty years as a missionary to the native peoples of Surinam and the Guiana’s - the Pomeroon, Arawaks, Caribs, Acawoios, Waraus, Waramuri, Mahaiconi - and retired in 1879.

€ 220