Coomassie and Magdala: The Story of Two British Campaigns in Africa. Henry M. Stanley.

Coomassie and Magdala: The Story of Two British Campaigns in Africa

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874.

First American Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. xiv,510 pp, with many illustrations and 2 folding maps. Publisher's brick red cloth w/gilt lettering. Mild rubbing to corners and foot of spine, else a lovely copy with sound binding and minimal wear. Stanley was sent by the New York Herald to report on the British expedition to Abyssinia, a punitive campaign against Emperor Tedwodros II, who had imprisoned several missionaries and two representatives of the British government. Stanley arrived in Suez in January 1868, joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, and he marched with them for two months, witnessing the storming of Tewodros's fortress at Magdala (DNB). His sensational dispatches were the first to reach Europe, secured him steady employment with the Herald, and undoubtedly helped position him for the Livingstone mission.

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