Lot 22
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Baker, Samuel White

1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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  • The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia and the Sword Hunters of the Hamran Arabs. London: Macmillan and Co., 1867
  • paper
FIRST EDITION, 8vo (222 x 139mm.), engraved double-portrait frontispiece, 2 colour maps, one folding, 23 wood-engraved plates after sketches by Baker, original pictorial blue cloth gilt, terracotta endpapers, spotting to title and frontispiece, spine slightly dulled

[with, loosely inserted:] AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED  ("Sam. W. Baker"), to "Dear Sir", hoping for further discussion of innovative schemes for opening central Africa by means of railways, including rails "constituted entirely of creosoted wood" and a single rail system, 4 pages, 8vo, headed stationery of Sandford Orleigh, Newton Abbot, 20 March [n.y.], docketed by recipient, remains of guard on first page with loss of a few letters


Czech (Africa) p.11; Hilmy I p.50

Catalogue Note

A very good copy of Baker's summary of his exploration of all the Nile tributaries in Abyssinia. "A classic of exploration and big game hunting" (Czech). During his year-long journey he had the opportunity of learning Arabic and of studying the character of the people; "both necessary acquirements, which led to my ultimate success in reaching the Albert N'yanza" (pp.x-xi). He also gained the admiration of the Hamran Arabs through his hunting prowess.