1830 Journal d'un Voyage a Temboctou et a Jenne, dans l'Afrique Centrale
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition of this work.
Complete in three volumes.
In the original French.
This work documents Rene Caillie's experiences travelling in South Africa. The work notes his time in the town Timbuktu, and he was the first European to return alive from the town. There was a British officer, Major Gordon Laing, who preceded Caillie to Timbuktu in 1826. However, Laing was murdered on leaving the city in September 1826. Due to this, Caillie was the first European to enter and leave the city alive. For this, he was awarded a price of nine-thousand francs, offered by the Societe de Geographie to the first traveller to document exact information on Timbuktu. He also received the Order of the Legion of Honour, the Gold Medal by the Societe de Geographie, and a pension.
Volume I illustrated with a frontispiece.
Volume II illustrated with a frontispiece, and one plate.
Volume III illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding plate, and one plate.
Written by Rene Caillie, a French explorer. He is best known for this expedition. He found his desire for travel when he was sixteen, and signed up as a member of a naval vessel that was sailing to Saint-Louis on the coast of Western Africa, where he stayed for several months. He made a second visit to West Africa two years later.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart, though the front board of Volume I is detached but present. Minor rubbing to the boards and spines. Some loss to the head of the spine of Volume I. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Small cracks to the joints. Front hinge of Volume II is starting but firm, Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with some spots. Pages 1 and 2 in Volume I are printed in facsimile.
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