Smith (Arthur Donaldson)


The first expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu. Illustrated.

Published: Edward Arnold, London and New York, 1897

Edition: First Edition

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First edition. xvi, 471 pages, photogravure frontispiece portrait, 6 maps - 5 folding (partially coloured), half title page, numerous illustrations, rebound in half red leather with matching simulated leather boards, titled gilt on the spine, which is starting to fade, marbled endpapers, uncancelled library stamps, top edge gilt, a very good copy.

Bound in at the back of the book is a contemporary newspaper clipping describing his second journey - newspaper unnamed and undated.

Arthur Donaldson Smith (1866-1939) was an American doctor, hunter, and explorer of Africa. In the 1890s he made a geological expedition to Lake Rudolph (now Lake Turkana), passing through what was then Somaliland, southern Ethiopia and Kenya. In order to visit Ethiopia, he had to get permission from Menelik II. The trip lasted 18 months and took place between 1894 and 1895. In 1897 he published a book about his trip called, Through Unknown African Countries: the First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Rudolf.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 4to (260 x 170 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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