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DENHAM, Major Dixon (1786-1828) and CLAPPERTON, Captain Hugh (1788-1827)
NARRATIVE OF TRAVELS AND DISCOVERIES IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL AFRICA, IN THE YEARS 1822, 1823, AND 1824 BY MAJOR DURHAM, 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 WITH AN APPENDIX
London : John Murray, 1826. Two volumes in one. The First Edition. Post 4to (275 mm); xlviii, (336) + (272) pp. All plates, maps, and in-text figures complete as called for, including one colour plate, the large folding map in the back, and the reduction of Bello's map. Final four plates and frontispiece foxed and the titlepage somewhat toned. Bound in full tan calf with cross-hatched sides, vertical dark stain to front board, edges rubbed, spine divided into section each with gilt motif, title label lacking. Joints tender but holding firm, head of spine rubbed, page edges and endpapers marbled. A solid copy in a contemporary binding. One of the more star-crossed African explorations of the period, largely because it was so severely marred by dissent between Clapperton and Denham, who at one juncture send home false reports that Clapperton had had a homosexual dalliance with an Arab servant. Oudney and Clapperton both suffered serious attacks from malaria, from which Oudney subsequently died. Other then illness and dissent, the journey (other than a severe desert crossing at the end) was really no worse than most. Denham and Clapperton, in the company of Dr. Walter Oudney, travelled frm Benioleed, near Tripoli, south to Lake Tchad, with excursions into the mountains west of Mourzuk in Fezzan. Dixon attempted to follow the circuit around Lake Tchad but was unsuccessful. In the meantime, Clapperton and Oudney journeyed west from the lake toward the Niger River, but the doctor died in Murmur. Clapperton continued west, but was prevented from passing beyond Sackatoo by the loca … [Click Below for Full Description]
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