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    The First European to Return Alive From Timbuktu

    René Caillié. Journal d'un Voyage a Temboctou et a Jenn, dans L'Afrique Centrale. Paris: Imprimé par Autorisation du Rio, 1830.

    First edition. Three octavo volumes. xii, 485; 426; 404 pages. Frontispiece. Errata page. And one quarto atlas. Large folding map, dated 1829. Five engraved plates. Text in French.

    Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers to atlas. Bookplates. Leather rubbed and chipped. Some loss to the paper over the boards. Stain to the upper fore-edge of Volume III, not affecting text. Heavy foxing to text volumes; light foxing to atlas volume. The set is infrequently encountered with the atlas volume. The five plates bound with the map are often found tipped into the text volumes. Very good.

    René Caillié was presented with the Legion of Honor as the first European to return alive from Timbuktu. "He set out from Sierra Leone, reached the Niger, and followed it to Kabara, the port of Timbuctoo. Thence he went to the mysterious city, saw something of its real character, and crossed the Sahara to Morocco, reaching the coast west of Fez. For this journey he was rewarded by the Geographical Society of Paris" (Baker). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Baker, A History of Geography, Discovery and Exploration, 307. Ibrahim-Hilm I, 114.


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