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23 Jan 2020 16:30 GMT

F. L. James

The Unknown Horn of Africa

an exploration from Berbera to the Leopard River.

Published: George Philip, London, 1888

Edition: First edition

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1 volume. First edition 1888. Scarce intact copy.

Original folding map in rear pocket.

14 lithographs [1 hand-coloured] with tissue-guards.

9 plates with tissue-guards.

Bookplate of Maurice Frederick Rich Hockliffe.

Publishers pictorial burgundy covers.

Gilt title with vignettes

Gilt title and black vignette to spine.

Colour endpapers [small stains].

xiv, 344 pages. Dedication page.

14 lithographs with tissue-guards.

[2 lithographs (1 colour) by Macfarlane,

3 lithographs by F. Smit, 

5 lithographs by  Keulemans.

4 lithographs by M. Smith].

5 autotype plates [initials R.H.] with tissue-guards.

4 Sepia plates with tissue-guards.

Large fold-out map [52.5 x 50.5 cm] in rear pocket [small tape repair].

Some uncut pages to rear.

"In 1884, James made his way, in company with his brother and four others,

into the interior of the Somali country. In spite of previous attempts on the

part of Burton, Speke, Haggenmacher, and others, this region had hitherto

been unexplored beyond sixty or seventy miles from the coast. James now

succeeded in getting as far south as the Webbe Shebeyli River, where he

found a wide fertile country which markedly contrasted with the deserts he

had traversed. The remarkable feat of taking a caravan of nearly a hundred

people and a hundred camels a thirteen days' journey across a water-less

waste led Lord Aberdare, in his annual address to the Royal Geographical

Society in 1885, to describe the expedition as one of the most interesting

and difficult in all recent African travel."

[Czech p83; Pakhurst 67; Nissen ZBI 2088]. 

Recorded shipping weight 2000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 23.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
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