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  1. 130411comp
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 117 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130411

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  2. 117145
    First edition, scarce. Barclay (1842-1913), painter and etcher, was a member of the British circle of artists known as the "Etruscans" owing to their preference for Italian landscapes. He studied at Dresden with Carolsfeld, and then in Rome, where he became acquainted with Giovanni Costa. Between 1873 and 1880 he made several... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 117145

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  3. Egypt & Nubia,
    First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing, and it was the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of... Learn More
    £175,000

    Stock Code: 67119

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  4. 121128
    First edition. No other copy traced, the first "published" edition was 1908, this with just 3 locations world-wide. "Originally consolidated from the Central African Rifles, the Uganda Rifles, and the East African Rifles in 1902, the unit was composed of locally-recruited African rank-and-file soldiers led by white officers... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 121128

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  5. 129561
    First edition, produced for private use, not publication. Scarce, COPAC shows only one copy in LSE, OCLC shows none. Inscribed by the author Felix Pole, then General Manager at Great Western Railway, to James Milne, then Assistant General Manager and later General Manager at GWR. Pole was commissioned in 1923 by Lt.-Col... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129561

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  6. 119334
    First edition of Stanley's account of his controversial Trans-African Expedition of 1874-7, the "largest African expedition ever seen and one of the most celebrated of all African expeditions of the nineteenth century" (ODNB). Exploring equatorial Africa and, in particular, the Great Lakes regions, Stanley finally dispelled... Learn More
    £2,500

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  7. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.
    First and only edition, "printed for private circulation only" (front board and title page), uncommon: OCLC traces ten copies world-wide; Copac adds copies at Glasgow University and the Royal College of Physicians. Attfield (1866-1908) went to Egypt as sanitary and quarantine medical officer at Suez, and also worked as a... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 115304

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  8. 128828
    First edition of this "landmark book which established Melliss as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic" (Natural History Museum). Melliss, a military officer with the Royal Engineers,... Learn More
    £1,750

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  9. 128830
    First edition of this "landmark book which established Melliss as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic" (Natural History Museum). Melliss, a military officer with the Royal Engineers,... Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 128830

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  10. With Stanley's Rear Column.
    First edition of this important, highly critical narrative of the Emin Pasha relief expedition, published in the midst almost universal adulation that greeted Stanley on his return to England in 1890, and one of the "multiplication of different accounts which undermined his reputation just at the moment he had hoped it would... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111725

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  11. 128899
    Third edition, perhaps more properly the third impression, the same year as the first. Important personal account of naval service in the suppression of slave trade; "Just as Sulivan received no honours for his service in East African waters, so the East African slave trade itself is now little known and the part played... Learn More
    £850

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  12. 127570
    First US edition, same year as the UK. Cotton was educated at Rugby and Haileybury, the Company's seminary, before taking up a post as assistant collector at Arcot. Transferring to Madras he "won celebrity as an elephant-catcher" (ODNB). Ill health forced him to leave India for South Africa; "There he spent two years in... Learn More
    £500

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  13. 123920comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by both Anne and Charles Lindbergh to the half-title. This work chronicles the Lindberghs' flight from Africa to Brazil undertaken during their survey of North Atlantic air routes. They made the flight in Tingmissartoq, the Lockheed Sirius in which they had previously flown from America... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 123920

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  14. 126006
    First edition, part of Frederic Shoberl's (1775-1853) 43-volume series of The World in Miniature, which aimed to "increase the store of knowledge concerning the various branches of the great family of Man" (preface, cited in Abbey). In the present four volumes on Africa, Shoberl seeks to explain the customs, religious practices,... Learn More
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  15. 119271
    First edition of the author's second book, uniform with his Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies, published the previous year. Backhouse (1794-1869) came from a prominent Quaker family of botanists and horticulturists with roots in Darlington, where his grandfather, also James, made the family fortune by establishing... Learn More
    £500

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  16. 117586
    "Following the re-establishment of British sovereignty in South Africa at the conclusion..."> First edition, commercially rather uncommon. Sir Richard Burton, in a footnote in his Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (1876) described the journeys of the Leven and Barracouta as "this great surveying undertaking".
    "Following the re-establishment of British sovereignty in South Africa at the conclusion... Learn More
    £2,500

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  17. 51161
    First edition, one of just 750 copies. On his return to Britain following the outbreak of the First Anglo-Boer War, Haggard had been unable to find a publisher willing to take on his "denunciation of Britain's South African policies." (ODNB) Eventually he paid Trübner 50 to put out this small run, but in confirmation of... Learn More
    £1,875

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  18. 119287
    First US edition of this "preeminent elephant hunting title" (Czech), a lovely copy, from the collection of American polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth (1880-1951), leader of the first trans-Arctic and trans-Antarctic aerial crossings, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Stigand (1877-1919) was commissioned into the... Learn More
    £850

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  19. 119443
    A unique and vivid archive of extraordinary breadth, comprising nearly 1,200 images that provide a striking panorama of colonial life in the Ivory Coast during the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of Brents Rowlett Gruber, wife of Lewis H. Gruber, an American entrepreneur from Louisville, Kentucky, who was involved in the... Learn More
    £15,000

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  20. A Trip through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France.
    First and only edition, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Dr Joseph Collins, with the compliments of the author, W. K. Vanderbilt. July 31st, 1923." William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944), a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family in the US, travelled extensively after serving with the United States Navy... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 96360

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  21. A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Year 1690 and 1691.
    First editions in English. The first part is a translation of Pouchot de Chantassin's Relation du Voyage et Retour des Indes Orientales pendant les Années 1690 & 1691. Par un Garde de la Marine Servant sur le Bord de Monsieur Duquesne (Paris, 1692). His name is not given in this translation, but appears in the privilege... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 80264

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  22. 41178
    First edition, for the first time published separately, previously included in his Pensées of 1634 and 1662; uncommon, just six copies on OCLC, three of them in the US. Cureau was Louis XIV's doctor, the monarch apparently having been impressed by his ability to judge character from outward appearance. A precursor of Lavater,... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 41178

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  23. Longing for Darkness. Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Peter Beard to author Lois Wyse with an elaborate ink drawing across both front endpapers, "To Lois with the rest of the picture coming soon! The best beach this side of Jamaica Inn! Warmest regs PB". Beard has drawn a humorous Hog Ranch scene complete with wild boars and a swimmer... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 66182

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  24. 121496
    "Literary" edition, later impression, with the marginal illustrations of a dung beetle at pp. 65, 337 & 457 corrected to show the beetle rolling his load with his back not front legs. Jock of the Bushveld was first published in 1907 in this literary edition, followed by School and Prize editions in 1908, and a Dutch edition... Learn More
    £500

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  25. 119317
    Second edition, revised, of this "epic of travel and exploration" (Czech); an attractive set in the original cloth. Harris (1807-1848), an engineering officer in the Bombay Army, had already travelled widely in southern Africa in search of big game when in September 1841 he was "sent in charge of a mission to establish relations... Learn More
    £750

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  26. 119278
    First edition in English. "Most books on Emin Pasha and Stanley have something to say about Casati, but do little justice to the work of this important explorer" (Howgego). Casati (1838-1902) set out for Sudan in 1879 to join the expedition of Romolo Gessi, who was in need of a surveyor. He was an early European visitor... Learn More
    £950

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  27. 119268
    First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 119268

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  28. 120521comp
    Second English edition, two years after the first, which was published in the same year as the Leipzig German first. A "classic memoir by the commander of German forces in East Africa" (Edward G. Lengel, World War I Memories, 2004). A fascinating copy much enhanced by the addition of a quantity of related material, including... Learn More
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  29. 115740
    First edition in English of Tachard's Voyage de Siam des pères jésuites (1686); one of two issues, this issue with a cancel title. The first French mission to Siam (modern Thailand) came about as a result of an invitation of Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek adventurer who by a curious twist of fate had become prime minister... Learn More
    £8,750

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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112539

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  31. 94741
    Editiones principes of these five Greek histories, including Photius's version "On the Erythrean Red Sea" by Agatharchides, one of the most important sources for Arabia in classical antiquity. With a copy of the Hakluyt Society translation of Agatharchides's account by Stanley M. Burstein (1989), in very good condition with... Learn More
    £1,750

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  32. 117613
    First editions, William Beckford's copies, with his pencilled annotation to the initial blank of the first work, noting "p. 218 at night, Sidy Mahomet had constantly six blood hounds in his chamber" and other detail; subsequently in the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with the... Learn More
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  33. 119332
    First edition, scarce variant binding, other copies noted in blue cloth with the front cover lettered and decorated in black rather than gilt. Following a successful hunting trip in Abyssinia, Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) travelled to British East Africa in 1902 in order to find a specimen of a five-horned giraffe recently... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 119332

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  34. 119306
    First edition, a crisp, fresh copy from the celebrated travel collection of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the initial blank. Hooker spent three months in Morocco in 1871, travelling with fellow naturalist John Ball, industrialist and amateur geologist John Maw, and a gardener from Kew named Crump.... Learn More
    £1,250

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  35. 119294
    First and only edition, uncommon: nine copies traced in UK libraries, just five other complete copies traced in commerce in the last 50 years, this a remarkably clean and fresh copy from the celebrated travel library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the front free endpaper. Wilkins "commanded the... Learn More
    £1,500

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  36. 119270
    First edition in English of this "excellent work of exploration and sport African adventure at its finest" (Czech), noted for recounting the European discovery of Lake Turkana, "the last of the great lakes of Africa to be discovered" (Howgego). Hungarian nobleman Samuel Teleki (1845-1916) developed an interest in the region... Learn More
    £2,500

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  37. 119251
    First edition, uncommon in the original cloth. "Few South African books give better descriptions of the sport of the country and the habits and customs of the native races inhabiting the vast areas traversed there are copious notes on the flora and fauna of the countries visited, amplified by a valuable index" (Mendelssohn).... Learn More
    £2,500

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  38. 120336
    First edition of Andersson's first book, a "famous early volume of African sport and travel a cornerstone book of African hunting in the mid-19th century" (Czech). "Few, if any, books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovampo country, and the description of the fauna of these countries... Learn More
    £1,500

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  39. 120708
    First edition, complete with the map volume, of this suitably lavish tribute to one of the most glorious failures of the empire, the project conceived by Cecil Rhodes as "The Iron Spine and Ribs of Africa". By 1914 there was already a 2,600-mile link from Cape Town to Bukama in the Congo; two sections of river steamer and... Learn More
    £3,250

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  40. 121133
    First and only edition, "printed for private circulation" (title page), five copies only traced in British and Irish libraries, ten worldwide (all in South Africa or the USA), and an extremely uncommon survival in the dust jacket. Carnarvon was colonial secretary from 1874 to 1878, unsuccessfully advocating a system of confederation... Learn More
    £400

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  41. 120995
    First edition, well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon; a most attractively presented copy in a superior contemporary binding. John Howison (1797-1859) was a Scot who from 1818 to 1820 travelled in Quebec and Ontario, and whose Sketches of Canada (1821), published when he was still in his mid-twenties,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  42. 120114
    Fascinating, well-documented and vivid album of original photographs taken by a cavalry officer attached to a mounted infantry unit in South Africa after the conclusion of the Second Boer War (31 May 1902). Lieutenant Moncrieff was serving with number 4 troop, "C" squadron of the 12th Mounted Infantry, known as The Highland... Learn More
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  43. 121028comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To F. L. Megson, Recalling old friends & 'Rather long ago', C. J. Wilson" on the front free endpaper. Wilson was regimental medical officer in the EAMR. The recipient was soldier and colonial administrator Forrest Loudon Megson (1894-1977): sometime executive officer... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 121028

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  44. 120941
    First edition of "one of the best works on the native races of Natal and Zululand published up to the middle of the 19th century" (Mendelssohn). The author spent four years as a missionary in Albert, Natal, and provides a detailed account of Zulu and Xhosa customs and beliefs, and a history of Shaka Zulu and his successors.... Learn More
    £500

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  45. 120937
    First edition. Jardine (d. 1799), a Royal Artillery officer, was for much of his career stationed in Gibraltar, from where he conducted a mission to the sultan of Morocco, Muhammad III, in 1771; after the end of his active military career in 1776 he became a British agent in Spain. His Letters are "notable for their defence... Learn More
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  46. 119273
    First US edition. After covering Hancock's and Sherman's campaigns in the American Midwest, Stanley persuaded the New York Herald to employ him as special correspondent on the British expedition to Abyssinia, and was in Suez by January 1868. "Having joined Sir Robert Napier's forces at Annesley Bay, in the Horn of Africa,... Learn More
    £500

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  47. 119326
    First edition of "the best detailed historical account of the events which led to the inclusion of Bechuanaland amongst the British colonies of South Africa the first step towards the retention of the hinterland of the Cape for the Empire" (Mendelssohn). Mackenzie (1835-1899), a Congregrationalist missionary, arrived in... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 119326

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  48. 119314
    First US edition of Schweinfurth's important narrative of his expedition to the western tributaries of the Upper Nile, "a most valuable accumulation of geographical and ethnographic data for regions never before visited by Europeans" (Howgego), including extensive notes on the flora and fauna of Central Africa and the first... Learn More
    £600

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  49. 119311
    First edition in English of this landmark in mountaineering literature, describing the first ascent of Kilimanjaro, originally published in German the previous year, and "a most handsome volume" (Neate), illustrated with a series of atmospheric mounted photographs and watercolours after photographs; this copy in a variant... Learn More
    £4,500

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  50. 106312comp
    First edition, this copy signed by Lettow on the half-title. Attractive "appendix" to Lettow's memoirs. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 106312

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  51. 119300
    First edition of "one of the most valuable books on the early history of Natal. At the time of its publication the Colony had only been recognised as a British dependency for ten years Much is related as to the doings of the early pioneers The settlement of the Dutch in the Colony, and the eventual occupation by the... Learn More
    £250

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  52. 119253
    Second edition of Baker's account of the 1861-5 Nile expedition, "one of the most important narratives of African exploration during the Victorian era" (ODNB). The discovery of Albert N'yanza as one of the sources of the White Nile was the pinnacle of Baker's career as an African explorer, and his achievement was made all... Learn More
    £350

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  53. 119328
    First edition in English, others copies noted in plain cloth lacking gilt decoration. Appointed Ottoman governor of Equatoria in 1878, the German-born scientist Eduard Schnitzer, known as Emin Pasha, was largely unknown in Europe outside specialist circles in Europe until 1886, when Scottish explorer Robert Felkin (author... Learn More
    £600

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  54. The Gospel on the Banks of the Niger. Journals and Notices of the Native Missionaries accompanying the Niger Expedition of 1857-1859.
    First edition. Decidedly uncommon, just 8 copies on Copac, with only single copy noted at auction. The only published account of the Third Niger Expedition which was intended to "establish trading stations on the Niger's banks" profiting from trade in their immediate locales, but also taking advantage of proximity to Kano,... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 98141

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  55. 90104comp
    Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90104

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  56. 117449
    First edition of this account of service in North Africa with the French Foreign Legion, and wanderings thereafter. "It is to Sidi bel Abbes and Ain Safra that he takes us - the garrison towns of the notorious French Foreign Legion. There as a trooper he spent five years. Years of hardship and danger, of comradeship and... Learn More
    £350

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  57. Through the Dark Continent.
    First US edition of the account of Stanley's controversial trans-African expedition of 1874-7, originally published in the UK earlier the same year. Stanley finally dispelled Livingstone's notion that the "Lualaba was the source of the Nile and vindicated Speke's claim that the lake seen on his expedition with Burton was... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 114841

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  58. In Darkest Africa
    First US edition, first printing. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered Ottoman governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense Ituri rain forest. Stanley's... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 114844

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  59. A Nomad in the South Sudan.
    First edition of this scarce administrative memoir, the author noting in his Foreword that he spent two years as a political officer "in the employ of the Sudan Government". His "condescending remarks" towards the Nuer people are remarked on by Anderson & Killingray (eds) in Policing the Empire: Government, Authority and... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114459

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  60. "Notes on Rock Paintings in Swaziland".
    A well-presented, annotated photograph album "intended to serve as a preliminary record of rock painting sites in Swaziland giving the location of each site, directions for reaching it, and a short description of the paintings founded there, supplemented by photographs" (introduction). Of the ten sites Masson describes,... Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 114377

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