STIGAND, Chauncey Hugh, Captain.
The Land of Zinj.
Being an Account of British East Africa, its Ancient History and Present Inhabitants.
First edition. Educated at Radley, “which he heartily disliked” (biographical article on africahunter.com), he left after just two years and passed through Sandhurst, commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment in 1899, seeing service in Burma, British Somaliland, and British East Africa. In 1910 “he entered the Egyptian Army and was posted to the Upper White Nile where he took over the Lado enclave from the Belgians as a result of an international agreement; he was later in charge of the Kajo Kaji district … he served in the Darfur campaign of 1916 against Ali Dinar; he was governor of the Upper Nile province 1917-18, and in 1919 was appointed governor of Mongalla province” (Hill, Biographical Dictionary of the Sudan). This was the climax of his career “a promotion which was to lead to his death and the largest and most ferocious retaliatory expedition ever mounted by the Condominium Government … At the end of October 1919 a war-party of the Aliab Dinka attacked a police-post south of Bor on the White Nile, killing eight policemen. The trouble, the roots of which are obscure, spread and Stigand sought to stamp it out with a few companies of the Equatorial Battalion, a locally recruited unit of the Egyptian Army. Owing to a shortage of officers he accompanied one of the patrols himself. The column had already been attacked at night and a few casualties inflicted when on 8th December in the early morning it was ambushed in long grass by several hundred Aliab Dinka” (africahunter). Stigand is described Hill as a “ready writer”, and he published numerous books and articles on the people, history, culture and administration of the regions in which he served, the present work being a general study of BEA: “My data being almost entirely compiled from personal observation and native information, I have tried to draw my pictures of the country and its inhabitants as much as possible from the native point on view rather from than from that of the white man” (Preface). Publisher’s presentation copy, with embossed stamp to the title page to this effect.
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Octavo. Original blue combed cloth, title gilt to spine with gilt rules across head and tail , running onto the front board in blind. Frontispiece and 20 other plates, large folding coloured map in end-pocket. A little rubbed, spine mildly sunned and with a short split at the head, light browning, a very good copy.