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PALLME, Ignatius.

Travels in Kordofan:

embracing a Description of that Province of Egypt, and of some of the Bordering Countries, with a Review of the Present State of the Commerce in those Countries, of the Habits and Customs of the Inhabitants, as also an Account of the Slave-hunts taking Place under the Government of Mehmed Ali.

Published: London: J. Madden and Co., 1844

Stock code: 59625

Price: £2,250

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First edition in English, first published in German the previous year. Important and uncommon study of the region. Austrian businessman Ignatius Pallme explored Kordofan province, 1837-9, “on commission, for a mercantile establishment at Cairo” (translator’s preface); this published account was one of the first descriptions of Kordofan province. In 1910 H. D. W. Lloyd, British governor of Kordofan, referred to Pallme in his “notes on the Kordofan Province” in the Geographical Journal as “one of the most accurate observers … much of whose work might have been written yesterday.” Pallme gives a lengthy account of the slaving expeditions carried out under Mehmet Ali, who had supposedly suppressed the practice: “Several European journals have stated that these marauding expeditions were put an end to by command of the viceroy on the occasion of his visit to Sennaar, but I can assure the reader … that these robberies take place as before even at the present day. No pen can describe the acts of deliberate cruelty perpetrated on these occasions”. Extremely uncommon in cloth.

Octavo. Original green cloth with embossed panelling to spine and both boards, title gilt to spine, cream surface-paper endpapers. Contemporary armorial bookplate of John Hatfield Brooks to the front pastedown (Brooks served in the 1st Bengal light cavalry during the Indian mutiny); on the front free the attractive bookplate (with image of a kora player) of John Ralph Willis, Princeton professor and book-collector, author of Slaves and Slavery in Muslim Africa and Studies in West African Islamic History. Slight lean, just a little rubbed, corners turned, light browning, scattered foxing, but a very good copy.

Bibliography: Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 88; Henze IV, 6

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