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The Wild Tribes of the Soudan An Account of Travel and Sport Chiefly in the Base Country

By Frank Linsley James

1883

John Murray : London

9" by 6.5"

xix, 273pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition of this ethnological work regarding Soudan, in particular the 'Base Country'. Scarce in its original publisher's binding, this work is profusely illustrated with maps and engravings depicting the people, climate and culture.

Scarce to be in the publisher's original binding. Written by Frank Linsley James, an English explorer who was born to American parents. This is one of two works on Africa written by James, the other being 'The Unknown Horn of Africa'. James met his untimely death in Africa, from an injured elephant. To the preface, the author opens with an apology for adding 'another to the numerous books of travel that have been written during the last few years on Africa'. He writes that 'The Base, or Kunama tribe' who inhabit this district are far more uncivilised than any of the people who dwell in that part of Africa'. He felt that penetrating into the heart of their country was a cherished project. Despite warnings to the contrary, James and his expedition found the people to be 'the best of friends'. The woodcuts to this work were produced from the author's brother's and one Mr Aylmer's photographs. The etchings are by Thomas Riley etched from the sketches of Mr Colvin and photographs by Professor Buchta of Munich. Collated, complete with forty-six plates and three maps. This work follows James' journey in chronological order, and describes the animals, people and culture in this part of the country. A nice copy of this work, which is seldom found in its original decorative cloth boards.

CONDITION

In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, generally smart with bumping to the head and tail of spine. Patches of damp staining to the front and rear boards. Light rubbing to the joints. Repair to the front board, which has been conducted in an imperceptible manner. Repairs to the preliminary pages, being the half-title, title page, contents and the text to page 8. There are tape repairs to the edge of some of these pages, with additional paper adhered to the edges of others. There is no loss to the text. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. The odd scattered spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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