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    The First European to Cross the Northeastern Sahara

    Frederick Horneman. The Journal of Frederick Horneman's Travels, From Cairo to Mourzouk, the Capital of the Kingdom of Fezzan, in Africa. In the Years 1797-8. London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1802.

    First English edition. Quarto. xxvi, 195 pages. Three maps, two of which are folding.

    Full polished leather with gilt rules and lettering. Leather worn, stained, and scarred. Corners and edges heavily worn. Foxing throughout. Binding quite sturdy. Royal Scottish Geographical Society library plate dated 1893 on front pastedown, and the Society's embossed stamp to leaves containing title page and table of contents. Two bookplates. Very good.

    Friedrich Hornemann (1772-1801), a German explorer of Africa, was the first European to cross the northeastern Sahara, from Aujila to Temissa. Originally published in German in Weimar in 1801, this English translation appeared the following year. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.


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