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    Namibia.

    The story of a bishop in exile.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed "Do not walk in front of me - I may not follow / Do not walk behind me - I may not lead / Walk beside me and just be my friend / Colin Winter 31 August 1980". With a small quantity of associated correspondence, letters, with envelopes, a thank you card and two photographs laid in. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: Guildford & London

    Stock Code: 115975

    Signed: Yes

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  2. African Game Trails.

    African Game Trails.

    An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist
    First edition, trade issue, of "one of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen … almost continually in print until the 1930s … Roosevelt's total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era" (Czech). Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115363

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  3. St. Helena.

    St. Helena.

    A physical, historical, and topographical description of the island, including its geology, fauna, flora, and meteorology.
    First edition of this "landmark book which established [Melliss] as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic. The botanical illustrations for the floristic survey were by his wife. His book provides important documentary evidence of a unique flora under threat as it was being heavily modifed by the island's inhabitants and a number of species were in the process of becoming extinct" (Natural History Museum). Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1875

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115335

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  4. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    Appendices. I—Wyoming in 1891. II—Munich in 1892.
    First and only edition, "printed for private circulation only" (front board and title page), uncommon: OCLC traces ten copies world-wide, Copac adds copies at Glasgow University and the Royal College of Physicians. Attfield (1866-1908) went to Egypt as sanitary and quarantine medical at Suez, and also worked as a director of the pilgrims' quarantine encampment at El Tor, situated across the Red Sea in Sinai. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115304

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  5. My African Journey.

    My African Journey.

    With sixty-one illustrations from photographs by the author and lieutenant-colonel Gordon Wilson, and three maps.
    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand, and for further publication in book form. What Churchill was offered is impressive testimony to his perceived drawing power, at £750 for five contributions he was receiving "more than Kipling, whom The Strand were paying £90 for his short stories; more than W. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115163

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  6. Through the Dark Continent.

    Through the Dark Continent.

    Or the Sources of the Nile around the Great Lakes of Equatorial Africa and down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean.
    First US edition of the account of Stanley's controversial trans-African expedition of 1874–7, originally published in the UK earlier the same year. Stanley finally dispelled Livingstone's notion that the "Lualaba was the source of the Nile and vindicated Speke's claim that the lake seen on his expedition with Burton was indeed one of the sources" (Howgego). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1878

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114841

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  7. Notes on Rock Paintings in Swaziland.

    Notes on Rock Paintings in Swaziland.

    A well-presented, annotated photograph album "intended to serve as a preliminary record of rock painting sites in Swaziland … [giving] the location of each site, directions for reaching it, and a short description of the paintings founded there, supplemented by photographs" (introduction). Of the ten sites Masson describes, only three, Nyonyane and two at "Lichfield", a site near the village of Ntjanini, had been previously recorded, the newly discovered sites being Ekuthantendi, "Foster's", Mphenjane, Ndlozane, Nkaba, Nsangweni and Ntungulu, all in the highveld of western Swaziland. Learn More
    £525

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: Mbabane, Swaziland

    Stock Code: 114377

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  8. The Tomb of Tutankhamen.

    The Tomb of Tutankhamen.

    Discovered by the late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
    First edition, first impressions, of Carter's own account of the most spectacular archaeological discovery of the 20th century. "In the summer of 1922 Carter persuaded Carnarvon to allow him to conduct one more campaign in the valley. Starting work earlier than usual Howard Carter opened up the stairway to the tomb of Tutankhamen on 4 November 1922. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113870

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  9. Forty Years Among the Zulus.

    Forty Years Among the Zulus.

    First edition. "An interesting account of the Zulus and their country from 1849-1888. Mr Tyler was fully of [the] opinion that Sir Bartle Frere's policy was justified, and that the Zulus Problem was a question which had to be settled without delay in view of the military situation in Cetywayo's country … There is a valuable chapter on Zulu folklore, and the volume is illustrated by a large number of original drawings" (Mendelssohn). Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: Boston and Chicago

    Stock Code: 113732

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  10. With the Riff Kabyles.

    With the Riff Kabyles.

    With an introduction by Douglas Booth.
    First edition in English, originally published in German the previous year as Feuer am Rif. The author lived among the Rif Berbers of Morocco from 1923 to 1924, at the height of the war with Spain (the Rif War or Second Moroccan War), which began in 1920 and ended in 1926 with the Spanish reconquest of the region and the exile of Rifi leader Abd el-Krim. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113730

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  11. With a Prehistoric People.

    With a Prehistoric People.

    The Akikúyu of British East Africa. Being an account of the method of life and mode of thought found existent amongst a nation on its first contact with European civilisation.
    First edition, first impression of the first ethnography of the Kikuyu people. William (1859-1939) originally pursued lengthy medical studies at Oxford and London before acquiring a modest independent income on the death of his father in 1891 and deciding to travel to Newfoundland, where he lived among the indigenous Mi'kmaq. He first travelled to Kenya in 1902, and in 1906 married fellow Oxford graduate Katherine (née Pease), who had spent time working in South Africa after the Second Boer War. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113718

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  12. Abyssinia and its People;

    Abyssinia and its People;

    or, Life in the Land of Prester John.
    First edition of this interesting survey by the prolific Hotten, remembered equally as a "bookseller, publisher, journalist, author, controversialist, and general textual entrepreneur" (ODNB). The first part summarises the findings of visitors to Abyssinia from Portuguese friar Francisco Alvarez in 1520 to the voyage of English missionary Henry Stern in 1860; the second excerpts Colonel Walter Plowden's Travels in Abyssinia and the Galla Country (first published earlier the same year); remaining sections comprise a newly printed article by George Percy Badger, "The Story of the British Captives in Abyssinia, 1863-4", with a continuation by Hotten, a chapter collecting routes for a new expeditions as proposed by Sir Samuel Baker and others, and a bibliography of works relating to Abyssinia. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1868

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113694

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  13. Zulu-Land;

    Zulu-Land;

    Or, Life among the Zulu-Kafirs of Natal and Zulu-Land, South Africa.
    First US edition, apparently first published in the UK earlier the same year (though the date of the UK edition conjectured also as 1860, 1862 or 1863). Grout (1815-1905) spent fifteen years as a Congregationalist missionary in South Africa and "obtained an intimate knowledge of the history, customs, and social life of the natives, and the laws and government of the country, together with considerable insight into the complex character of the inhabitants … There is an account of the American Zulu Mission from 1834 to 1862, with interesting chapters on the geological features of the country, its botanical productions, fauna, reptiles, insects, and birds, together with some remarks on European enterprise in Natal, and the political state of affairs in Zululand at this period" (Mendelssohn). Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1864

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 113692

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  14. Seymour Vandeleur, the Story of a British Officer.
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    Seymour Vandeleur, the Story of a British Officer.

    Being a memoir of Brevet-Lieutenant-Colonel Vandeleur, Scots Guards and Irish Guards, with a general description of his campaigns. With watercolour illustrations by Nico Jungman.
    First edition, number 84 of 150 copies initialled by the author on the limitation leaf. A most attractive publication; a trade edition was published by Heinemann the following year. Vandeleur (1869-1901) was born in County Clare to a prominent soldiering family. He served in the conquest of Nigeria, in Uganda during the establishment of the protectorate (Unyoro expedition, 1895), and later at Atbara and Omdurman in the Sudan Campaign. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113689

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Services of Capt. the Hon. E. R. Fremantle, R.N.,
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    Services of Capt. the Hon. E. R. Fremantle, R.N.,

    in H.M. Ship “Barracouta,” on the west coast of Africa, 1873, 1874.
    First and only edition, rare: Copac locates only one copy in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge), OCLC adds no further copies worldwide. A familial presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Mr. W. Baird, from his friend, Lord Cottesloe, April 1874". Thomas Francis Fremantle (1798-1890), first Baron Cottesloe, politician and civil servant, was the father of Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [1874]

    Published: [No place]

    Stock Code: 113559

    Signed: Yes

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  16. An Episode of the Egyptian Rebellion of 1882:
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    An Episode of the Egyptian Rebellion of 1882:

    correspondence between the Right Honourable Sir Edward Malet, G.C.B. and Mr. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. Together with a leading article on the subject in The Times.
    First and only edition, privately printed by Sir Edward Malet in what must have been a very small print run. With an autograph letter signed by Malet to "Dear Margaret" (on his letterhead and dated 6 December 1907): "You were kind enough to take an interest in the attack upon me by Mr. Blunt in his amazing book [Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt (1907)]. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: Guildford (printed)

    Stock Code: 113491

    Signed: Yes

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  17. African Mammal Drawings. The Wellcome Volume.

    African Mammal Drawings. The Wellcome Volume.

    First edition, limited edition of 500, this number 139 of 400 cloth-bound copies. A research associate in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Kingdon specialises in evolutionary biology and the biogeography of African mammals, especially primates and humans, author editor of the seven-volume East African Mammals: An Atlas of Evolution in Africa. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1983

    Published: Islip, Oxfordshire

    Stock Code: 113135

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  18. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's Voyage en Ecosse et aux Iles Hébrides (1821). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1820

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112632

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  19. Nicoll's Birds of Egypt.

    Nicoll's Birds of Egypt.

    First edition, first impression. Michael Nicoll was assistant director of the Zoological Gardens at Giza from 1906 until his retirement in 1924. When posted to Cairo as chief intelligence officer to the Egyptian expeditionary force, Meinertzhagen sought Nicoll out and the pair became friends. Nicoll died in 1925 and Meinertzhagen, who had resigned from the army the same year, was approached by his widow to turn his copious notes into a book. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112553

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  20. An Account of the Empire of Marocco, and the District of Suse;

    An Account of the Empire of Marocco, and the District of Suse;

    Compiled from miscellaneous observations made during a long residence in, and various journies through, these countries. To which is added, an accurate and interesting account of Timbuctoo, the great emporium of central Africa.
    First edition of "one of the best pieces of travel literature about the country" (Chtatou, "Morocco in English Travel Literature: A Look at J. G. Jackson's Account" in North African Studies, Volume 1, 1996, Issue 1, p. 59). Jackson, a British merchant, spent sixteen years in Morocco, originally at Agadir, where he was appointed Dutch agent, and then Mogador (Essaouira), before returning to England on the death of his business partner, one A. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1809

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112552

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