Abyssinia and its People;
or, Life in the Land of Prester John.London : 1868 Stock Code: 113694
NotesFirst 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.
Octavo (185 x 115 mm). Recent red half morocco, grey cloth sides, gilt-tooled raised bands to spine forming compartments, title direct to second gilt, fore edge untrimmed.
Engraved frontispiece and 8 similar places by Vignaud and or Barrat, all hand-coloured as issued; folding area map.
With the publisher's tipped-in advertisement slip. Contents toned, light spotting to prelims and advertisements, tan-burn to an initial blank. A very good copy.
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