"Reads Like a Frenzied Dream"

    Major Dixon Denham and Captain Hugh Clapperton. Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, in the Years 1822, 1823, 1824, by Major Denham, Captain Clapperton, and the late Doctor Oudney, Extending Across the Great Desert to the Tenth Degree of Northern Latitude, and From Kouka in Bornou, to Sackatoo, the Capital of the Fellatah Empire. London: John Murray, 1826.

    First edition. Quarto. xlviii, 335; ii, 269 pages. Forty-three engraved illustrations (one hand-colored, the rest in black and white), including frontispiece and vignettes. Large folding map.

    Later leather back; contemporary boards. Raised bands, gilt-lettered leather title label to spine. Minor foxing throughout. Hinges cracked. Damage to the title pages has been inelegantly repaired. The expedition map (which seems to have been married to this copy at a later date) has been tipped in at the rear with fabric tape. Bumped corners. Scuffed boards. Bookplate of previous owner. Overall, a tight copy in very good condition.

    Major Denham suffered a fair amount of criticism for the account in this narrative where he accompanies an Arab slave-raiding expedition. The troop met fierce opposition, "and Denham only escaped after encountering dangers and privations, his narrative of which reads like a frenzied dream" (Stephens). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Gay, 337. Ibrahim-Hilmy, I, 172. Leslie Stephens, et al, The Dictionary of national Biography, V, 792.

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