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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.
Three Years in Savage Africa
London, Methuen & Co 1898 first edition
8vo, original cloth with leopard print decoration, shelf wear, tail of the spine repaired. xxxi, 594, 40 (publisher's catalogue dated december 1897) pages. Illustrated with 100 (full page) photographs and line drawings, as well as 5 maps (2 folding). Good copy with scattered foxing and a little insect damage. Nice provenance.
Bookplate of Albert Ruskin Cook, his ink inscription and 3 ink stamps of Mengo Hospital (founded by Cook). Cook 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.
Decle’s account of his epic seven thousand mile journey through South Africa, Bechuanaland, British Central Africa, Mozambique, Nyasaland, Tanganyika, Uganda, Kenya, and Zanzibar. With a lenghty introduction by Henry Stanley.
Johnston, H. H.
The Kilima-Njaro Expedition
London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co 1886 first edition
“A Record of Scientific Exploration in Eastern Equatorial Africa and a General Description of the Natural History, Languages, and Commerce of the Kilima-Njaro District”.
8vo, full prize calf of Felsted School, chafed and rebacked with original spine, new endpapers, all edges marbled. xv, 572 pages with a photogravure frontis portrait of Johnston, 6 (2 folding) maps and numerous (full page) illustrations. Apart from foxing on first and last (blank) leaves the interior is mostly clean.
Harry Johnston was in 1884 appointed as leader of the scientific expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro. On this expedition he concluded treaties with local chiefs, which were then transferred to the British East Africa Company.
Bowdich, T. E.
Geschiedenis van het Britsche gezantschap, in het jaar 1817 aan den koning van Ashantee, in de binnenlanden van Afrika, in de nabijheid van de Goudkust, gezonden
Amsterdam, J. C. van Kesteren 1820 first edition
8vo, modern boards. vi, 292 pages with a beautiful hand coloured frontispiece copper engraving “Een Ashantijnsche bevelhebber” by Veelwaard. Stamp Übersee Institut on verso title page. Very Rare. Not in Tiele.
Dutch adaption of “Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee” 1819. Bowdich in a 1817 mission to the king of Ashanti completed peace negotiations on behalf of the African Company of Merchants. This achievement aided in the extension of British influence as well as in the annexation of the Gold Coast colony. “This work, the most important after Bruce's, excited great interest, as an almost incredible story ... of a land and people of warlike and barbaric splendour hitherto unknown”.