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.
Gilt top page block.
xxxii, , 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].
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