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BROWNE, William George.

Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.

T. Cadell and W. Davies; and Longman Hurst Rees and Orme, London , 1806 Stock Code: 97302
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Notes

Second edition, enlarged, first published in 1799. "This important work contains the earliest information in English about Darfur (Sudan). Browne, inspired by Bruce's travels, went to Egypt in 1792 hoping to explore the oases in the eastern Sahara and to journey to the source of the White Nile. He reached El Fashur in Darfur and was the first Englishman to explore the temple of Jupiter Ammon at the Oasis of Siwa. Browne was the first European to describe Darfur, which he reached with a Sudanese caravan in 1793. He was imprisoned there by the Sultan of Darfur. In 1796 he reached Egypt again by caravan and eventually returned to England via Syria and Constantinople" (Blackmer). Browne's description of Egypt is widely considered to be "one of the best of the period, despite its dry, affected style" (Howgego); the book caused "some controversy because of its considerable sympathy towards, and admiration of, the East" (ODNB).

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Description

Quarto (268 x 209 mm). Contemporary half calf on drab boards, black morocco label, flat bands, elaborate gilt tooling to compartments, foliate roll gilt to spine and corner edges, edges marbled.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece, 3 folding maps, and full-page plan, with errata, corrigenda and directions to the binder leaf, half-title bound in.

Condition

Contemporary engraved bookplate with Baron's coronet and the monogram EVB to front pastedown. Slightly rubbed and spotted, skilfully restored on the joints, contents lightly browned throughout, the prelims more heavily so, and some foxing to the maps, one map with neat, old paper repair verso, remains very good in an appealing contemporary binding.

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