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10 Oct 2019 16:30 GMT

Grogan, Ewart S. and Sharp, Arthur H.


the first traverse of Africa from south to north; illustrated by A.D. McCormick; [with an introduction by C.J. Rhodes]

Published: Hurst and Blackett, London, 1902

Edition: New & revised edition

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xix, 402 pages: illustrations, portraits (1 as frontispiece), maps (2 colour, folding). Cloth, faded on spine & with scarring along edges.

Ewart Grogan (1874-1967) was dubbed "the boldest and baddest of a bold, bad gang" of pioneering settlers in Kenya. Expelled from both his school, Winchester, and university, Cambridge. After working for some years, he fell in love with Gertrude Watt, but her father denied them permission to marry. The men agreed that were Grogan to walk from Cape to Cairo, the marriage could go ahead! He was accompanied by Gertrude's relative, Henry Sharp, as far as the Ruwenzori. On arriving in Cairo two and a half years later, he sent a telegramme to Gertrude and gained a positive response. He had survived hunger, thirst, wild animals, malaria, torrential rain, and an attack by Dinka tribesmen. He became an English celebrity, met Queen Victoria and lived a full and busy life in Kenya with Gertrude at his side.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Fair
  • Size: 21 x 14 cm
  • Sold By: Select Books
  • Contact Person: David McLennan
  • Country: South Africa
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