1907 Ismailia a Narrative of The Expedition to Central Africa
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Early Edition, Fine Binding, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Leather Binding
An early edition of this work, which was first issued in 1874.
In a prize binding for Wyggerton Grammar School for Boys, Leicester. Prize is dated 1911. Bookplate is addressed to one J H Roberts.
Illustrated, with a frontispiece, folding map, and numerous plates.
With the plate from page 58 bound in as the frontispiece.
The 1869 expedition was led by the author of this work, Samuel Baker, at the request of his friend Isma'il Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan. This military expedition was intended to create a commercial relationship. They started in Cairo with 1700 Egyptian troops, and the Khedive gave Baker the rank of pasha and major-general in the Ottoman army. This work outlines their journey, experiences and logistics. To the introductory chapter, Baker notes 'This enterprise is the practical result of my original explorations, in which I had been an eye-witness to the horrors of the slave trade, which I determined, if possible, to suppress.' 'As a duty to the Khedive, and in justice to myself, I shall describe the principal incidents as they occurred throughout the expedition. The civilized world will be judge and jury: if their verdict be favourable, I shall have my reward.'
A comprehensive account of this journey through Central Africa, with the advantage of being by Sir Samuel White Baker, the leader of the expedition. This is one of many expeditions undertaken by Baker, who is known for his discovery of 'Lake Albert' during his 1864 expedition along the Nile.
In a full calf binding. Externally, smart, with light rubbing to the head and tail of spine as well as to the extremities. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages 53-60 are detached but present, with the edges slightly chipped. Pages are bright with just the odd spots to pages.
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