NILE TRIBUTARIES OF ABYSSINIA AND THE SWORD HUNTERS OF THE HAMRAN ARABS
NILE TRIBUTARIES OF ABYSSINIA AND THE SWORD HUNTERS OF THE HAMRAN ARABS

NILE TRIBUTARIES OF ABYSSINIA AND THE SWORD HUNTERS OF THE HAMRAN ARABS

(London: Macmillan, 1874).

SCARCE, AND ONE OF THE SEMINAL WORKS ON THE EXPLORATION OF THE NILE SOURCES. THIS COPY VERY HANDSOMELY BOUND. Baker, Burton, and Speke had by this time finally proved (or so they thought) that the source of the White Nile lay in the Lakes Albert and N'yanza. In this volume Baker traces his discovery of the sources of the lower Nile in the Atbara River and the Blue Nile in Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia and Somalia). “The value of the work of exploration during this fourteen months' journey and of the observations proving the Nile sediment to be due to the Abyssinian tributaries was publicly recognised by... [the] Royal Geographical Society. Baker had also during the period gained for himself experience as an explorer, mastered Arabic, and acquired the use of astronomical instruments." (DNB).Samuel Baker’s discovery of the Albert N'yanza, the origin of the Nile, was fundamentally one of the most significant discoveries of the 19th century and certainly the most important of Baker’s long and illustrious career.
The importance of the debate over the source of the Nile, combined with Baker's very readable writing style, made his books enormously popular, with the result that they were reprinted a great many times over the following years. Item #26661

A very early printing in one volume format, issued shortly after the original printing. With a Frontispiece colour map, 24 wood-engraved plates from the author’s own sketches and a colour folding map. 8vo, very handsomely presented in a contemporary binding of three-quarter red morocco over red pebbled cloth covered boards, the spine with gilt stippled raised bands multi-ruled in gilt, additional gilt work at the head and tail, gilt lettering in one compartment, endpapers and page edges marbled. xix, 413, 44 pages of ads. A fine and very handsome copy in all, internally unusually bright and fresh, free of foxing and very clean, the binding sturdy and very well preserved, the spine bright and with very little evidence of age or use.

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Price: $550.00