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SWAYNE, Harald George Carlos, Major.

Seventeen Trips through Somaliland and a Visit to Abyssinia.

With a Supplementary Preface on the 'Mad Mullah' Risings.

London: Rowland Ward, Limited, 1903 Stock Code: 140625
£325.00
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Third edition, the first published in 1895. Described by Czech as "an important work of sport and exploration". This edition enhanced by the addition of 14-page preface discussing the religious and nationalist insurrections of Sayid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, referred to by the British at the time as the 'Mad Mullah', but considered by the Ottoman Porte to be the 'Emir of the Somali' and recognised by the Somalis themselves as the Father of Somali Nationalism. Swayne's younger brother, Lt. Col. Eric John Eagles Swayne, was in command of the 1,500-strong native levy raised in 1900 to join the Ethiopian emperor Menelik's forces in an expedition against 'MAH'. Moose hunting bookplate of Harvard-educated Nathaniel Cushing Nash (1862-1915) to the front pastedown. Nash was a keen hunter, fisherman and yachtsman, commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club and president of the Massachusetts Rifle Association. An excellent copy.

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Description

Octavo. Original moderate red cloth, title gilt to the spine, and in black to the front board, zebra skin print endpapers.

Illustrations

Tissue-guarded halftone frontispiece, numerous illustrations to the text, ten of them full-page, 3 folding maps at the rear.

Condition

Just a little rubbed, pale toning to the text, else very good.

Bibliography

Czech pp. 161-2.

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