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SALT, Henry.
A Voyage to Abyssinia, and Travels into the Interior of that Country,
London: F. C. and J. Rivington,, 1814. Quarto (315 x 241 mm). Untrimmed in recent dark brown half morocco, decorative gilt spine gilt lettered direct, marbled sides, endpapers renewed. With 6 folding maps, one hand-coloured, 28 engraved plates and 2 vignettes by Charles Heath after Salt. Ownership inscription at head of contents, "Rowland Swann Holme, Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, 15th June, 1871" and at the end of the list of plates, "John Sleigh, Hawdry, Leek, Staffordshire; bequeathed by his grandfather, Myles Atkinson, vicar of Walton-on-the hill, Lancashire". First few pages a little soiled, title page and dedication leaf creased, text block lightly browned, a few leaves heavily so, a handful of edge-splits with old repairs, remains very good. First edition of this handsomely illustrated and important 19th-century account of Ethiopia. In 1802 Salt accompanied Viscount Valentia on a tour of India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, serving as his secretary and draughtsman, and in 1805 was sent by him on a mission to the ras of Tigré, "whose affection and respect he gained, and with whom he left one of his party" (ODNB). In 1809 his knowledge of the region led to his being selected by Canning to act as a "quasi-official envoy Â… marching from the Red Sea coast with an escort of 160 bearers to explore trade and diplomatic links with the Ethiopian emperor Wolde Selassie. Britain fearing a French alliance with Egypt, wished to secure a port on the Red Sea" (Howgego). While in the country he made detailed observations on the geography, the customs of the indigenous peoples, and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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