DescriptionW. G. Browne. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria. London: T. Cadell, 1799. First edition. Quarto. Engraved frontispiece, two large folding maps. Contemporary tree calf, expertly rebacked. A lovely copy.
Detained in Darfur
W.G. Browne. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria. London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1799.
First edition. Quarto (10 1/4 x 8 inches). xxxviii, 496 pp. With folding engraved frontispiece of an Egyptian temple, two large folding maps and a plan of the Sultan of Fur's residence. Half-title present.
Contemporary tree calf, expertly rebacked to style, original black morocco gilt lettering label. gilt ruled bands. Some offsetting from frontispiece and plan. A lovely copy, clean and well-margined.
In the spring of 1793 he visited Sinai, and in May set out for Darfur, joining the great caravan which every year went by the desert route from Egypt to that country. This was his most important journey, in which he acquired a great variety of original information. He was forcibly detained by the sultan of Darfur and endured much hardship, being unable to effect his purpose of returning by Abyssinia. He was, however, allowed to return to Egypt with the caravan in 1796; after this he spent a year in Syria, and did not arrive in London till September 1798. This book is the result of that journey and there is much valuable information herein.
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