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James [Sligo] Jameson, edited by his wife.


By the Late James S. Jameson, Naturalist to the Expedition

Published: R. H. Porter, London, 1890

Edition: First edition

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1 volume. First edition 1890.

Leather bindings by R. H. Porter. 

Book-stamp of Dr. Norman R. Bennett, African Studies, Brookline, Mass.

Three-quarter leather over buckram boards.

Raised bands with gilt titles.

Gilt panel vignettes.

Marbled endpapers.

Gilt top page block.

xxxii, [1], 454 pages.

2 large fold-out colour maps.

Full-page plates + in-text illustrations.

"Jameson was a member of Henry Stanley s expedition to relieve

the Emin Pasha and part of the ill-fated rear guard at Yambuya.

The rear-guard was supposed to have resupplied Stanley s expedition,

but disease and the treachery of the Chief Tippu-Tib kept them from making

their rendezvous with Stanley. By the time Stanley returned to find them, all

but one European was dead. Jameson died of fever. The rear-guard, now dead

and unable to defend itself, was accused of all sorts of wrongdoing and Jameson

himself was accused of condoning and perhaps even encouraging cannibalism

among the natives. These letters and diaries, edited by his wife are an attempt to

refute the accusations as well as publish the extensive notes that Jameson took on

the expedition. The Diary abounds with indications of a vigorous, capable, and

unflinching personality. His determination and skill in working with and managing

the Arabs, his uncomplaining endurance of toil and hunger in the march through

the forest to Banalya, his fearless return march to Stanley Falls in the face of

great dangers, these are the doings of a competent and sagacious man, worthy

of the part to which he has been appointed."

The following account relates to the hunting experiences of the expedition;

"Jameson was the naturalist on the ill-fated expedition under

Henry Stanley to rescue Emin Pasha in Equatoria (who really

didn't need rescuing). The author was ordered to remain behind

with the rear column of the expedition, which was soon decimated

by disease and starvation eventually costing Major Barttelot his

life. Jameson stalked buffalo and elephant, though unsuccessfully,

but he did bag several hippopotamus on the Congo River. Like Barttelot,

he also succumbed, his widow editing his diary for publication."

[Czech,  An Annotated Bibliography of African Big Game

Hunting Books, 1785-1950, p. 83]. 

Recorded shipping weight 2000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery. 

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 23 x 16 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
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  • Country: Ireland
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