Emin Pasha in Central Africa.
Being a Collection of his Letters and Journals. Translated by Mrs. R. W. Felkin.London, George Philip & Son, 1888 Stock Code: 119328
NotesFirst 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 of the introduction to the present volume) received and published a selection of correspondence confirming that he still held the beleaguered province and requesting help. He had been stranded in the region since the Mahdist revolt in 1881, though was still able to sent letters to Zanzibar via Buganda, and his cause aroused considerable sentiment in Britain owing to the recent death of General Charles Gordon, leading to the formation of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1887-9) under the command of Henry M. Stanley. At the time of publication Emin Pasha had yet to be "rescued" by Stanley so had "no idea that these letters are being published in their present form" (Introduction). First published earlier the same year, in German, as Emin-Pascha, eine Sammlung von Reisebriefen und Berichten Dr. Emin-Pascha's.
Octavo. Original brown diagonal-ribbed cloth, titles to spine gilt, Emin Pasha's khedival tughra and name in Arabic gilt to front board, brown coated endpapers.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, one similar plate, folding colour map to rear.
From the celebrated library of the Fermor-Hesketh baronets with their Easton Neston library shelfmark label to the front pastedown. Very light rubbing to extremities, faint marking to front board, the lower outer corner bumped, folding tear to map stub, the image unaffected, a few gatherings roughly opened along the top edge, but otherwise a largely unopened copy in excellent condition.
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