New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. xvi, 368 pp, with two maps (one folding) and many illustrations from photographs. Original red cloth boards stamped in gilt and black. Spine slant, slight sunning to upper board, previous owner's name on front free endpaper, else clean and sound. Decima Moore (1871-1964) was a successful stage actress and singer in London before marrying Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, an officer in the Royal Engineers. He was appointed director of surveys in the Gold Coast in 1905, and upon returning from their travels three years later, the couple recounted their experiences in alternating chapters.
Catalogue 1: Africa
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London: Kegan Paul Trench, 1886. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. xvi, 572 pp + ads, with 6 maps (2 folding) and more than 80 illustrations by the author. Ex-library, with bookplate on front pastedown, card pocket at rear. Original pictorial cloth showing the snow-covered peak. Corners bumped, spine cloth brittle and chipping, front hinge a bit wobbly (but basically sound). Text clean. Johnston was an explorer and colonial administrator and author of several highly regarded books on Africa. He produced an excellent map of the Kilimanjaro region and pushed exploration higher than before, reaching c.16,300 feet. Neate J29.
London: George Philip & Son, 1891. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Translated from the German by E.H.S. Calder. xx, 404 pp, with color frontispiece and 20 additional plates (including 8 real photographs), illustrations in the text, and 3 folding maps. Index, bibliography, and detailed appendices on the geology, geography, flora (mosses, lichens), and insects of the region. Expertly recased, preserving the original pictorial cloth and endpapers. Boards somewhat rubbed, with one pale stain to the front board, but still attractive and quite sound, with all the maps and plates in excellent condition. Hans Meyer was a geologist and experienced climber who made four trips to the Kilimanjaro region in 1887-1889 culminating in his successful ascent--the first undisputed summit of Kibo, the highest of the mountain's three peaks--in 1889. In an earlier attempt, Meyer and his companion Oscar Baumann had the misfortune to arrive in the midst of an Arab revolt against German traders on the East African coast. They were captured and held hostage until a substantial ransom was paid. Meyer's ultimate success has been attributed to his recognition that the greatest obstacle to achieving the summit was the lack of food in the upper regions. He brought a sizeable and well organized party and established several camps on the mountain, allowing him to make multiple attempts at the summit without descending to the base. His lively and highly readable account of the expedition is arguably the most important work on African mountaineering.
New York: Neale Publishing Company, 1914. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 708 pp, with 2 maps and many illustrations from photographs. Publisher's blue cloth. Spine toned but legible; clean and tight. In addition to being a Presbyterian missionary, the author was an accomplished linguist and a careful and interested observer of native life and natural history.
Boston: Small, Maynard & Company. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated, c. 1924. 303 pp, indexed, with 57 photographs and 2 folding maps. Publisher's green cloth shows light general wear; bookplate on front pastedown, one plate and one map loose and laid in. Travel narrative of several months' journey on foot through the Congo, with observations on Belgian administration, village life, and native customs.
New York: Republic Publishing Company, 1924. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 443 pp, index, illustrations, 2 folding maps. Original black cloth. Spine faded, hinges cracked; contents clean. Osborn was an amateur explorer who served as Governor of Michigan from 1911-1913. He writes in the introduction that he has "travelled and studied in every country on the globe" and "the most strange and interesting is Madagascar." The book offers detail on history, native customs and living conditions, topography, climate, flora and fauna.
New York: Roy Publishers. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Undated, but c. 1955. Translated from the Swedish by Nancy Briggs; illustrated with photographs by Bengt Lindstrom. 256 pp. Corners lightly bumped, else fine. Dust jacket has mild wear to the extremities. An uncommon and engaging account of "one of the most remarkable motor trips ever undertaken," a 40,000 mile drive in a Volkswagen bus from the northernmost tip of Europe to the southernmost tip of Africa and back again. The journey took them through 34 countries and at least as many adventures.
New York: Roy Publishers. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Undated, but c. 1955. Translated from the Swedish by Nancy Briggs; illustrated with photographs by Bengt Lindstrom. 256 pp. Fine copy in a price-clipped dust jacket with mild sunning to the spine. An uncommon and engaging account of "one of the most remarkable motor trips ever undertaken," a 40,000 mile drive in a Volkswagen bus from the northernmost tip of Europe to the southernmost tip of Africa and back again. The journey took them through 34 countries and at least as many adventures.
New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 316 pp, with frontis portrait, 19 illustrations and 2 maps (1 folding). Green cloth boards with gilt decoration. Spine cocked, brief gift inscription on front free endpaper, else very good. Good served as a Presbyterian missionary in West Africa from 1882 until his death in 1894. He traveled extensively in the region, learning the Bulu language and making a study of native religious beliefs. He also collected entomological specimens on behalf of W.J. Holland of the Western University of Pennsylvania, who contributed an Appendix to the book.
London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 272 pp + 40 pp ads. Green cloth with gilt lettering and illustration on front board, no dust jacket. Front hinge a bit wobbly, minor repair to front endpaper, else sound and clean. Sketches by a retired British civil servant based on his experiences wrangling with the natives and the colonial bureaucracy.
London: Milner and Sowerby. Hardcover. Good+. Undated, c. 1850. 3.25 x 5 in. Frontis, 240 pp + 32 pp publisher's ads. Green cloth stamped in gilt on the spine. Lacks front free endpaper, else very good. Reprint of "A Genuine Account of the Life and Transactions of Howell ap David Price, Gentleman of Wales [etc]," first published in 1752. A fictional voyage, described in a Bonham's catalogue as "the extraordinary adventures of a Welsh sailor captured by French privateers, enslaved in Algeria, his escape with the wealthy Cleone, their joining of a caravan to Cairo, the loss and recovery of their jewelry from robbers, the pursuit of Cleone by another woman, a journey to Mecca, futher wranglings with slavers before the return journey to Britain during which the ship captain threatens Cleone that 'if she did not comply to be his wife... he would use her as his whore.' The author of this supposed biography eventually returns to Wales, where we leave him married with two children." This edition is most uncommon, with just one located in OCLC.
Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1969. Hardcover. Fine in a Good+ dust jacket. Reprint of the 1927 edition. ix, 414 pp, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Bound in blue cloth, stamped in gilt on the spine. Light dust soiling to top edge of text block, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has some spotting, edgewear, one short tear. Survey of Ashanti religious beliefs.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1864. First American Edition. Hardcover. Good. xi, , 13-452 pp + 6 pp ads, with 28 illustrations and a folding map. Original brown cloth, rubbed through at the corners, chipped at spine ends, tear along rear joint. Mild spine slant, binding otherwise sound, one page torn and repaired with archival tape. Reade (1838-1875) embarked on a tour of western Africa in 1861. The resulting travelogue is characterized in the DNB as "essentially that of a dilettante," "a miscellany of observations on the people and wildlife of that region, in which he paid particular attention to arguments then current about the character of gorillas and the existence of cannibalism." Nonetheless, on his return to England, Reade delivered papers to many scientific societies, and his controversial ideas about the futility of Christian missions and the value of polygamy in Africa were defended by Richard Burton.
Philadelphia: Reading & Company, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. xiii, 211 pp, plus 2-page advertisement for the author's other book, the Ogowe Band. Illustrated with 60 full-page photographs and engravings. Beige buckram boards with gilt lettering. Spine faded but legible, boards somewhat soiled, small tear in cloth at fore edge of front board. Internals clean and tight. Reading, a New Jersey native who served as missionary in Gabon as well as a commercial agent of the U.S., here describes travels Grand Canary and Senegambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gold Coast, the Niger delta and Soudan, Old Calabar, the Congo Valley, and the Congo River to Gaboon. His primary interest is the potential for commercial development, and much attention is given to natural resources and factors that might influence their exploitation in the future.
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. 238 pp, with index and bibliography. Lower corners bumped, else a fine copy in a price-clipped dust jacket with some edgewear and short tears. In a new mylar cover. A study of the force of hunger in shaping human character and social structure.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1897. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 133 pp + ads, with a gruesome frontis photograph of natives being hanged as spies. Original green cloth with decoration in gilt. Slight rubbing to corners, gift inscription on front free endpaper, mild foxing. A fictional account of the occupation of Mashonaland, "in which Christ is depicted as visiting the camp fire of a trooper engaged in the expedition. The settlement of Rhodesia and the Jameson Raid are incidentally referred to with considerable animus" (Mendelssohn II, 281).
Hartford, CT: R.W. Bliss and Company, 1881. Hardcover. Very Good. Subscription edition, two volumes in one, abridged from the original London edition. xiii, -406 pp, plus one leaf of ads; with a map showing the author's route from Benguella to Durban and more than 60 engraved illustrations, including 23 full-page plates. Publisher's plum cloth stamped in gilt on front board and spine. Spine sunned (but fully legible), a bit of staining to front board, corners bumped. Binding solid, hinges secure, no markings. Serpa Pinto, a Portuguese explorer, recorded details of much terrain previously unknown to Europeans. He was the fourth explorer to cross Africa from west to east and "was the first to lay down with accuracy the route between Bihe and Lialui" (Britannica, 11th ed).
New York: G. Lane & P.P. Sandford, 1841. First American Edition. Hardcover. Good. 317 pp, in original blind-stamped cloth. Spine faded, some edgewear, small wormhole at fore edge, moderate foxing throughout. Binding tight, hinges secure. Shaw arrived in Cape Town in 1816 and soon established the first Wesleyan Mission Station in the interior of South Africa. The book offers a history of the European discovery of the Cape of Good Hope and the development of the colony, with "numerous facts relative to missions...which were never before made public" and "notices of natural history, referring to lions, tigers, &c." According to Mendelssohn (II, p. 308), the chapters on the Hottentots, Bushmen, Corannas, Namaquas, Kaffirs, Bechuanas, and other tribes "afford one of the best descriptions of the native races of South Africa published up to this period."
New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. xiii, 413 pp, with a folding chart and 4 large folding maps. Original cloth, with sunning to spine end edges of boards. Corners bumped, foxing to endpapers, else very good. Some pages unopened. British Empire Series Volume II. Chapters on the Cape of Good Hope, Rhodesia, Bechuanaland, the Transvaal, Natal, Zululand, natives under British rule, gold in South Africa, Zanzibar, the East Africa protectorate, Uganda, District of the Niger, etc. Maps (all in fine conditioN) show different areas of British rule in Africa.
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1874. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 390 pp + ads, with seven tinted lithographic plates and a map. Original cloth heavily worn, with evidence of tape having been applied and then removed from the spine. Cloth split along the joints, spine cocked, moderate foxing, rear free endpaper lacking. Overall fair to good condition. Signature and small label of Albert E. Beardsley, 13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Army of the Southwest. Foote (1806-1863) was an American naval officer who commanded the USS Perry, cruising the waters off the African coast and working to suppress the slave trade from 1849-1851. In this book, "he expressed his outrage at the horrors of the middle passage" and called on the United States to take the leading role in opening Africa "to science and legal commerce" and to Christian civilization (ANB).
London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1792. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition in English, translated and compiled from the original French accounts. vii, 500 pp, with folding map of northern Africa. Period calf, gilt rules, lettering on spine. Corners and joints rubbed, some loss of leather at spine ends, a few short, closed tears (no loss) to map. Bookplate of Fraser Mortland. Saugnier was shipwrecked on Jan. 17, 1784, near Cape Leven, and Brisson in July 1785, at Cape Blanco, both in the Spanish zone of Rio del Oro (Cox I, p. 391). "M. Saugnier sailed from Bordeaux in the Deux Amis on December 29, 1783, for Senegal. After encountering storms in the Bay of Biscay the ship was caught in treacherous currents off the coast of Morocco and struck on a sandbank near Cape Non. Most of those on board eventually reached the shore, where they were captured by Arabs, who enslaved them. Saugnier was passed from owner to owner, and finally reached Mogadore, where French and English merchants aided him. He was freed, and returned to France in the fall of 1784. Saugnier seems not to have been badly used by his captors, as compared with Adams, Riley, and Paddock, for instance, who were captured under similar circumstances. He even tells in his narrative of eating truffle while his owner drank camel's milk" (Huntress 114C). He soon went back to Senegal as a slave trader, and a later section of the work provides detailed advice (including lists of provisions and supplies, with prices) for anyone who wants to carry on commerce in the regions, particularly in the slave trade.
Troy: Printed for the author by Luther Pratt, 1797. Hardcover. Good. Second edition, published in the same year as the first. ix, -180 pp. Period calf with a more recent black spine label. Scuffed, repair to front hinge, lacking front free endpaper and frontispiece, owners' names/notes on endpapers, else good and sound. Hawkins, a 23-year-old Vermonter, sailed to West Africa on a slave ship and then traveled inland to help negotiate a trade relationship with the Ibo nation, surviving various perils. His sensational narrative, which is one of the earliest accounts of an African voyage by an American, was reportedly written to support him after disease contracted on the journey left him blind. (Evans 32239; Sabin 30956; Smith, American Travellers Abroad, H53).
London: Holborn Publishing House, 1926. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Twenty-Sixth Hartley Lecture. 328 pp, with index and color folding map. Foreword by Sir F.D. Lugard. Burgundy cloth stamped in gilt. Spine slightly sunned, previous owner's penciled notes on rear endpapers; no dust jacket. Smith was born in South Africa into a missionary family. He was a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society and became an eloquent spokesman for importance of anthropological study in the colonial context-- allowing colonial officers to achieve their goals through better understanding of the Africans they sought to control.
New York: Baker, Pratt & Co., 1875. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. xi, 381 pp, with many lovely lithograph plates and 2 maps (1 folding). Publisher's green cloth with beveled edges and gilt decoration. Wear to corners and spine ends. Ibrahim Hilmy II, 253; Tvedt, 379. Southworth, a journalist and Secretary of the American Geographical Society, was sent to Africa on behalf of the New York Herald. He writes about conditions in Egypt, offers recommendations for the tourist, describes his desert crossing and travels on the Nile and includes a chapter on the slave trade. According to a contemporary review, he broke no new ground in his travels, but "gathered much useful information" and presented it "in an agreeable form, with a tinge of American humor in some descriptions that breaks the usual monotony of a book of travels."
London: William Blackwood, 1864. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. x, 372 pp. Frontis engraving of the author's escape from the Somali, fold-out map of the Somali coast showing the positions of the tribes, and double-page sketch map of eastern Africa. Modern full leather binding with new parchment endpapers. Maps have some older tape repairs, title page bears a faint stamp from a private library, pages have occasional smudging or mild foxing. This is the scarcer of Speke's two books on his Nile expeditions, and the one which describes his expedition with Richard Burton and defends his assertion (correct, but contested by Burton and others) that Lake Victoria was indeed the source of the Nile. Ibrahim Hilmy Vol II, p. 255.