London: J. Nourse and W. Johnston, 1759. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo, pp. xiii, , 337, ; engraved folding map (light offsetting); worm track in the lower fore-margin of the first gathering (not touching text), otherwise a very good copy in modern brown buckram. "Although destined for the church, [Adanson] gave up his studies for those of natural history and in 1748 he sailed to Senegal. He remained in the country for five years studying not only the flora and fauna but also the climate and the language of the natives. During his stay he was responsible for tracing the River Senegal for a considerable distance into the interior, drawing maps of the surrounding region, as well as compiling dictionaries of the native languages ... [His book] contains a wealth of original material in addition to his theories for classification of plants and animals" (Howgego, I, p. 7). Cox I, p. 383.
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Philadelphia: William S. Martien, 1849. Hardcover. Very Good. Second edition. xii, 659 pp, with a large folding map of Liberia. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, chipped at the spine ends, starting to split at the front joint. Some foxing, all else very good. Alexander (1772-1851) was an American theologian and Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. He favored colonization as the most beneficial means of "disposing of the free people of color" and argued that the American Colonization Society, by "furnishing a comfortable asylum for such as are free," and offering conscientious slaveholders a place to send their freed slaves, "has done more to promote emancipation than all the Abolition societies in the country." This volume covers the history of the American Colonization Society from its founding in 1816 to the Liberian declaration of independence in 1847.
New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1910. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 368 pp, indexed, with 66 illustrations from photographs and a large folding map of Sierra Leone. Publisher's red cloth stamped in gilt. Spine sunned but legible, corners bumped, name on bottom edge and front pastedown. Internally clean and sound. Record of the author's experiences during many years' residence in the colony, where he traveled expensively and mapped "the far distant and then unknown parts of the Hinterland." Includes much on native life and customs.
London: Richard Bentley, 1848. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xviii, 509, ; viii, 511, ; engraved portrait frontispiece, 3 maps (2 folding, 1 hand-colored in outline), 16 engraved copperplates (1 folding), 2 wood-engraved plates, a hand-colored geological cross-section, and numerous wood engravings in the text. Old library stamps on both title pages, otherwise a very good copy in modern brown buckram. Allen commanded one of three ships on the largely unsuccessful Niger expedition of 1841, which was organized by missionary and anti-slavery groups with the backing of the British government and was intended to promote both commerce and Christianity. The expedition was quickly crippled by illness-with the first death occurring the day they entered the Niger-and had to turn back early. Nonetheless, the account provides valuable details on the Kingdoms of southern Nigeria and the tribes and natural history of the region. Howgego, II, p. 594-95.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1875. First American Edition. Hardcover. Good+. 542 pp, indexed, with 2 colored maps (one folding) and more than 40 full-page engravings by Zwecker and Durand. The folding map is laid in and has repairs to the back, but no loss. Original gilt-decorated cloth, corners rubbed, spine sunned, bookplate of Warren Olney. Overall good to very good. In 1869, Khedive Ismail of Egypt appointed Samuel Baker to a four-year term as governor-general of the equatorial Nile basin. Baker's duties included establishing Egyptian authority over the region south of Gondokoro, suppressing the slave trade, introducing cotton cultivation, organizing a network of trading stations throughout the annexed territories, and opening the great lakes near the equator to navigation. To carry out the mission, the khedive provided Baker with a flotilla of ten steamers and fifty-five sailing ships, and about 1700 officers and men. The resulting expedition produced mixed results. Although he suppressed the slave trade in some areas and extended the khedive's authority to Gondokoro and Fatick, he failed to pacify the lawless region between these two places and was unable to annex the wealthy kingdoms of Bunyoro and Buganda. He did collect scientific data on the journey, and the work includes appendices on languages, domestic and wild animals, diseases, meteorology, and geography. (DNB; Tvedt, Nile Bibliography, 325).
London: Macmillan and Co., 1880. Hardcover. Very Good. New edition. Original green cloth, gilt lettering and giraffe on spine. xx, 413 pp + 50 pp ads. Two colored maps (one folding) and 24 illustrations based on Baker's drawings. Folding map has a small repaired tear. Corners rubbed, owner's signature on half-title page, else clean and sound. The second of Baker's two popular and highly readable books on his Nile explorations, this work offered the first complete account of the Abyssinian tributaries of the Nile, as well as an explanation of the effect on Egypt of seasonal fluctuation of the Nile tributaries (Tvedt, Nile Bibliography, 325).
London and Philadelphia: Macmillan and J.B. Lippincott, 1866. Hardcover. Good. First one-volume edition. xxvi, -516 pp, with frontis portrait, 10 plates, many other illustrations in the text, and 2 maps (one folding). Rebound in burgundy buckram, with new endpapers. Folding map is laid in and has one long closed tear, repaired on the back, all else very good. The engaging narrative of Baker's travels in central Africa with his intrepid wife, Florence. The pair met up with explorers Speke and Grant at Gondokoro, and then went on to discover Albert Nyanza (Lake Albert). Baker was able to establish that the Nile flowed through the lake, but he overestimated the lake's importance as a source of the great river.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1858. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Five volumes: second edition of volumes 1-3, first editions of volumes 4-5; 8vo, 15 folding maps with routes hand colored in outline (1 with a few short splits at the folds), 60 tinted lithographs, and numerous wood engravings in the text; original green cloth, gilt-stamped spines; front hinge of all vols. cracked, with first gatherings of two loosening; text block of vols. 1, 3, and 5 cracked longitudinally in two; short breaks in the cloth at the tops of all the spines and 2 long tears in the cloth of the spine of vol. 5. In all, a complete but compromised set with plates and maps in generally fine condition, but with obvious problems with the poorly constructed bindings. Barth, a German linguist and antiquarian, was attached to the British expedition to Central Africa led by James Richardson. After Richardson's death in 1851, Barth completed the expedition himself. In large part because of Barth's scientific thoroughness, the journey was a success. The explorer brought back a vast amount of information and was the first man to make reliable maps of large areas of Africa and to study the customs of the tribes he encountered. Abbey, Travel, 274.
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 413 pp, with frontis portrait, 3 plates, and 2 folding maps. Three quarter dark green leather over marbled boards; marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, gilt stamping on spine. Moderate wear to edges, leather scuffed, internally fine. Barttelot was second-in-command of Henry Morton Stanley's expedition in relief of Emin Pasha, the embattled governor of Equatoria in southern Sudan (1887-88). Tensions arose between the two men, and Barttelot was left to command the rear column while Stanley pushed ahead to meet Emin. Barttelot found it difficult to supply his force without resorting to coercion of the local population, and his increasingly authoritarian manner his subordinates. He regarded Africans with contempt, maintained discipline by flogging and execution, and suffered repeated bouts of fever that left him suspicious of others and possibly unbalanced (DNB). In July 1888 he attempted to strike a woman who had annoyed him by beating a drum during a festival and was shot through the head by her husband. Stanley blamed Barttelot and his fellow officers for the failure of the Rear Column. This book is an attempt by Bartellot's brother to rehabilitate his reputation. A previous owner has noted in pencil on the verso of the front endpaper that the book provides "extremely interesting details of H.M. Stanley's perfidy in Africa after his betrayal of Livingstone."
London: Hugh Rees, 1915. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 139 pp, extensively illustrated with b/w photographs. Original red cloth boards, no dust jacket. Dust soil to top edge, otherwise minimal external wear. Very mild dampstain to lower corner of text block, not affecting text. Binding sound, contents unmarked. An early inquiry into the Human Leopard Society, a secret society within the Mendi tribe of Sierra Leone that practiced ritual cannibalism and human sacrifice.
London: Edward Arnold, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. xiii, 246 pp, with 15 plates and a folding map. Publisher's red cloth stamped in gilt. Spine lightly sunned, corners bumped, some uneven sunning."Bulpett was a member of W.N. McMillan's expedition through the Sudan and into Abyssinia. The party headed toward the Sobat River, collecting giraffe, tiang, and a variety of elephant...A portion of the text also comes from the diary of Mrs. McMillan" (Czech, p. 43).
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. xi, 286 pp, + 2 pp ads, illustrated with 245 plates from photographs by the author and Charles Anderson Cass. Original green cloth stamped in gilt, with mounted photo on front board. Spine faded (but legible), slight rubbing to corners, else fine. No dust jacket. "A novelist, Chamberlain traveled to Portuguese East Africa, where he hunted eland, kudu, wildebeast, bushbuck, and lion, with two chapters on hunting elephant in the region between Panda and the Limpopo River" (Czech. p. 59).
New York and London: Macmillan, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. xiv, 535 pp, indexed, with 20 plates and many illustrations in the text; 2 folding maps in rear pocket, both in fine condition. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt hippopotamus head on front board. Fraying to corners and spine ends, paper over front hinge partially cracked, but binding quite sound, contents clean. Chanler was an American soldier and explorer who, in 1892 embarked on a scientific expedition to explore the vicinity of Mt. Kenya. The party proceeded inland from the coast, mapping the Guasso Nyiro River, the Lorian Swamp, the Tana River, Lake Rudolph and then Lake Stefanie. "Near the Mackenzie river, the party bagged hippopotamus and rhinoceros....They continued to hunt rhino as well as collecting oryx and other plains game, eventually bagging elephant near Rendile territory" (Czech p. 59). Chanler collected numerous plants and animals on the journey, and later donated many specimens to the American Museum of Natural History. Due to size/weight, shipping charges will be more than standard for priority or international orders.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. Hardcover. Good. Early printing of the U.S. edition (first published 1850). Two volumes (xiv, -326; viii,-303 + 8 pp ads), in original olive cloth. Fading, corners and spine ends rubbed through, cloth split in some spots along rear joint of Vol. II. Both volumes tightly bound, with hinges secure. Light foxing throughout. Ownership signature of Charles Michener of Philadelphia on front flyleaf. "Cumming appears to have hunted every species of South African fauna, and to enjoyed an amount of sport almost unique even amongst the mighty hunters of Africa. This account is valuable for the account of the state of the country at this period, as well as for the excellent description afforded of the natives [and] the interesting zoological and botanical notes." Mendelssohn, pp 398-99; see also Czech p. 71 (both referring to the first edition).
London: The Field, 1933. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Large 8vo, pp. xvi, 376; 78 photographic illustrations on 76 plates. A good copy in original pictorial orange cloth, gilt stamped on spine and upper cover; front endpaper map (slightly defective with 1 x 5 inch piece missing along the gutter, front board loose (but present), original spine glued down; internally fine. "Hughes traveled to Nyasaland in 1901 as an assistant native commissioner in the British South Africa Company, eventually resigning his post in favor of becoming a full-time hunter and trader. Over the next decade, he explored and hunted around Lake Bangweulu and its attendant swampy region and the rivers Chambesi and Luapula. There are numerous hunting incidents, particularly after elephant, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros, with cheetah bagged near the Luena River ... This is an excellent work of hunting and adventure with wonderful detail of the area (today's Zambia), and quite scarce." Czech, p. 135.
London: Richard Bentley, 1848. Hardcover. Good. Second edition. xix, 362 pp, illustrations in the text. Original blind-stamped green cloth. Corners and spine ends well rubbed, front free endpaper lacking, bookplate and signature of Dr. C.L. Bell, rear hinge repaired. "The author trekked to the Orange and Vaal Rivers, eventually wandering into Griqualand during an eight-month safari. He hunted elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, eland, sable, giraffe, gemsbock, and other game" (Czech, 195). Methuen also recorded valuable information about the natives from the missionaries he encounted, and kept "valuable botanical and geological notes" (Mendelssohn II, 6). The second edition "beside opening and enlarging on several subjects before but incidentally mentioned" also includes much new material relating to the zoology of South Africa.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. 83 pp, plus 49 plates from photographs by the author. 7.75 x 10.25 inches, red cloth with lion head stamped in gilt on front board; photographic endpapers, top edge gilt. No dust jacket. Minor soiling, slight rubbing to boards, else fine. Frederick Bean Patterson was the CEO of National Cash Register (NCR). This well-illustrated account describes his Safari in Kenya, where he hunted for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and gazelle. His guide was professional hunter (and lover of Isak Dinesen) Denys Finch Hatton.
London and New York: Edward Arnold, 1897. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. xvi, 471 pp + 4 pp ads, indexed, with 26 plates and many illustrations in the text; 6 maps (five folding). Original gray cloth stamped in gilt, with elephant head on front board. Traces of label removed from spine, library bookplate on front board and blind stamp on title page; else unmarked. Corners rubbed, hinges tender but holding; rear hinge has been reinforced with archival tape. "A noted explorer, naturalist, and game shot, Smith and his party explored the then-unknown region between Somaliland and Lake Rudolph," hunting for rhinoceros, lion, leopard, kudu, elephant, buffalo, and waterbuck (Czech p. 258). Smith also gathered plant, animal, and geological specimens, and provides much detail on these, as well as some ethnological observations, in the appendices.
London: Frank Cass and Co., Ltd, 1966. Hardcover. Near Fine. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Third edition, reprinting the 1824 edition with a notes and a new introduction by W.E.F. Ward. 512 pp, with two maps and one folding color plate (one additional map and 4 additional plates omitted from this edition). Red cloth with black spine label. Front hinge a bit wobbly, top edge lightly dust soiled. "The earliest European account of the Asante at the height of their power and splendour; the work is still considered a classic in the field" (Brittanica). Due to size, shipping costs will be more than standard for priority or international orders.
London: Stanley, Paul & Co., 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 403 pp, with numerous illustrations from photographs and two maps (one double-page). Publisher's blue cloth somewhat soiled; mild spine slant, no dust jacket. According to Robinson (Wayward Women), Cameron was a "dedicated sightseer, determined to get to the end of a beaten track, but never off it." She also wrote books about her solo travels in Alaska, Mexico, and the South Seas.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1877. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good-. xvi, 2-508 pp + 7 pp ads, with 33 plates and facsimiles and many other illustrations in the text; large folding map of showing the author's route (complete, but with some tears along the folds) in front pocket. Original brown cloth with gilt decoration. Small tears to cloth at head of spine, rubbing to extremities, dampstain to front board (not affecting text block). Rear hinge starting, binding otherwise sound, contents clean. "Cameron entered the British navy in 1857, taking part in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868 and in the suppression of the East African slave trade. In 1872 the Royal Geographical Society chose him to lead an expedition to aid David Livingstone. Soon after leaving Zanzibar, the expedition met Livingstone's servants bearing his body. At Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika, Cameron recovered some of Livingstone's papers. Exploring the southern half of the lake, he established its outlet at the Lukuga River, a Congo tributary. He then traced the Congo-Zambezi watershed for hundreds of miles and reached the west coast of Africa near Benguela, Angola, on Nov. 7, 1875" (Britannica). He was the first person to cross equatorial Africa from coast to coast.
Andover, MA: Flagg and Gould, 1816. First American Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8vo, pp. 398; 7 plates, folding map; contemporary calf with red spine label. Boards rubbed/scuffed, map has damage (tape repairs and some loss). Otherwise very good, with sound binding and minimal foxing. In 1812, the London Missionary Society sent Campbell to South Africa to restore good relations between the missionaries and the governor, Sir John Cradock (at which he was successful), and to survey the work of the Society. He covered over 5000 kilometers by ox-wagon, traveling where few Europeans had gone before (DNB). Mendelssohn I, 254.
Cincinnati: Jennings and Graham, 1909. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 346 pp, with 9 plates. Brown cloth with illustration mounted on front board; no dust jacket. Dampstaining to last 10 pages, owner's name on front endpaper; otherwise clean, with minimal external wear. Introduction by Rev. M.C.B. Mason. Camphor, the son of former slaves, went to Africa in 1893 as a missionary for the Methodist Episcopal Church. From 1896-1907, he served as Superintendent of the Methodist schools in Liberia. The sketches and tales in this volume are intended to "reveal something of the African as he is by nature in his native habitat, and what influence the Missionary is exerting upon him in his moral and spiritual awakening."
London: Bell & Daldy, 1868. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Two-volume set. xiii (4), 454, (2); viii, (4), 480pp. With 2 frontispieces, 25 woodcut illustrations and 2 folding maps. Bound by John Bumpus, Oxford. Chapman (b. 1831 in Cape Town) traveled extensively in the interior of southern Africa as a trader, hunter, and explorer. In 1853, he reached the Zambezi and narrowly missed discovering Victoria Falls before David Livingstone. This work describes his second expedition to the Zambezi (1860-64), during which he and fellow explorer and artist Thomas Baines hoped to conduct a full examination of the middle and lower reaches of the river to assess its navigability and viability as a commercial route. They traveled from Cape Town to Walvis Bay by sea, then by ox-wagon across the Kalahari, taking 16 months to reach the Zambezi . Thomas Baines spent several days sketching and painting Victoria Falls, providing the first images of the natural wonder to reach the outside world. Although the expedition was hindered by illness and failed to reach the river's mouth, it was successful in gathering information about previously little-known terrain-in part because it was one of the first expeditions to carry a stereoscopic camera. More than 140 of Chapman's photographic studies of the landscape and wildlife of what is now Namibia were shown at the 1867 World Exposition in Paris. Mendelssohn p. 321 says that "few South African books give better descriptions of the sport of the country and the habits and customs of the native races inhabiting the vast areas traversed. See also Czech, p. 61. Leather scuffed at the extremities. One map backed in linen, the other torn and repaired along a fold, but complete. Overall quite clean and sound.
Philadelphia: Henry Altemus. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated, c. 1900. A volume in the Altemus Young People's Library. 264 pp +  pp ads, with 80 illustrations, including color frontispiece. 5 x 6.25 inches. Original pictorial cloth, rubbed at the extremities. Small tear to title page at the gutter, else sound and clean. As described by the publisher, the work "records the experiences and adventures, privations, sufferings, trials, dangers, and discoveries in developing the 'Dark Continent'...The reader becomes carried away by the conflicting emotions of wonder and sympathy, and he feels compelled to pursue the story, which he cannot lay down."