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The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia, and the Sword Hunters of the Hamran Arabs.
  • 90759

BAKER, Sir Samuel W.

The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia, and the Sword Hunters of the Hamran Arabs.

Published: London: Macmillan & Co., 1867,

Stock code: 90759

Price: £350

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First edition; the important adjunct to Baker’s book on the Albert N’yanza. “His prowess in the field won for him the friendship and admiration of the Hamran Arabs, themselves mighty hunters. He explored other tributaries of the Atbara, including the Bahr-er-Salam and the Angareb, and followed up the course of the Rehad to its confluence with the Blue Nile. Thence he marched to Khartoum, where he arrived on 11 June 1862. The value of the work of exploration during this fourteen months’ journey and of the observations proving the Nile sediment to be due to the Abyssinian tributaries was publicly recognised by Sir Roderick Murchison [q.v.] , president of the Royal Geographical Society. Baker had also during the period gained for himself experience as an explorer, mastered Arabic, and acquired the use of astronomical instruments” (DNB). Czech remarks on Baker’s preference for a “four-barrelled muzzle loading 10-bore” as his “regular battery”, while describing the present work as “A classic of exploration and big game hunting”.

Octavo (215 189 mm). Recent half calf, old marbled boards, red morocco label. Double portrait engraved frontispiece, 2 coloured maps, one full-page the other folding, and 23 plates. Some foxing front and back, light toning throughout, occasional spotting, folding map a little weakened on the folds, but overall a very good copy.

Bibliography: Czech p. 11; Gay 2578; Hilmy I, p. 50.

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