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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.
Reade, W. Winwood
Savage Africa; Being the Narrative of a Tour in Equatorial, Southwestern, and Northwestern Africa
New York, Harper & Brothers 1864 first US edition
“With Notes on the Habits of the Gorilla; on the Existence of Unicorns and Tailed Men; on the Slave Trade; on the Origin Character, and Capabilities of the Negro, and on the Future Civilization of Western Africa”
8vo, publisher’s cloth, spine ends restored. xi, (1), 13-452, (6 ads) pages with a folding map and many illustrations. Faint blind stamp page 13, else bright and clean.
Reade travelled from West Africa to Angola with early – shortly after Du Chaillu – observations of gorillas, slavery, cannibalism and anthropological inquiries.
Gros, Jules / (Marie-Joseph Bonnat)
Voyages, aventures et captivité de J. Bonnat chez les Achantis
Paris, Librairie Plon 1884 first edition
8vo, publisher’s wrappers. iv, 278 pages with a folding map, frontispiece and 13 (2 double page) illustrations. Very good.
Gros edited the letters written by Bonnat – a French trader in present Ghana - during the 4 years that he was held hostage by the Ashanti in Kumasi together with the Swiss missionaries Ramseyer and Kühne alongside the King of Ashanti. In 1874 he was released by the British army during their attack.
Butler, Major W. F.
Akim-Foo: The history of a failure
London, Sampson Low 1875 first edition
8vo, contemporary half calf with marbled boards, edges and endpapers, chafed and traces of use. 300 pages with frontispiece and folding map, bookplate of Sydney Courtauld. Interior Fine.
Personal account of the Ashanti operations of 1873–74 under Wolseley. The British and their allies suffered considerable casualties in the war losing numerous soldiers and high ranking army officers. But in the end the firepower was too much to overcome for the Ashanti. The Asantehene (the king of the Ashanti) signed a British treaty in July 1874 to end the war.