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PETHERICK, John.

Egypt, the Soudan and Central Africa.

With Explorations from Khartoum on the White Nile to the Regions of the Equator. Being Sketches from Sixteen Years' Travel.

Published: Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861

Stock code: 91123

Price: £575

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First edition. The Welsh traveller and trader John Petherick (1813-82) left England for Egypt and Sudan in 1845. He initially served as a mining engineer for Muhammad Ali Pasha and later began trading in a range of merchandise, including gum and ivory. In 1859 he returned to Britain for a couple of years, during which he compiled and published this book. Primarily a travel narrative, it follows Petherick’s journey along the Nile to Kurdufan and Khartoum before returning to England. Apart from giving general sketches of his journey, Petherick describes visiting ancient Egyptian sites, discuss local traditions, dress, and sports, as well as several hunting trips.

Octavo (216 x 132 mm). Modern half calf, marbled boards, raised bands to spine, titles gilt to red straight-grain morocco labels, floral tooling to compartments gilt, red and blue sprinkled edges. One lithographic folding map by W. & A. K. Johnston. Small dark stain to fore edge, very light tanning to half-title and rear endpaper, the map has been partially reinforced with paper backing and has a couple of large tears repaired with tape to verso and recto. Otherwise an excellent copy.

Bibliography: Blackmer 1295; Czech, p. 219; Hess & Coger 1495; Ibrahim-Hilmy II p. 109.

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