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Egypt, the Soudan and Central Africa. With Explorations from Khartoum on the White Nile to the Regions of the Equator. Being Sketches from Sixteen Years' Travel.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861 - Octavo. Original diagonal-ribbed green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, decorative panelling to front board in black and rear in blind, top edges untrimmed, brown coated endpapers. Housed in a custom blue cloth slipcase. Lightly rubbed, corners worn, mild bumping to top edges of boards, short closed tear to map sympathetically repaired verso. A very good copy. Lithographic folding map. First edition of "this important work" (Blackmer), uncommon in the original cloth, this copy from the celebrated travel library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching copy, with his pencilled initials to the initial blank. The Welsh traveller and trader John Petherick (1813-82) left England for Egypt and the Sudan in 1845. He initially served as a mining engineer for Muhammad Ali Pasha and later began trading in gum and ivory. In 1859 he returned to Britain and published this account of his adventures up the Nile to Kordofan and Khartoum, which also includes descriptions of ancient Egyptian antiquities, local traditions, dress, and sports, as well as several hunting trips. In the year of publication he returned to Africa to take up the role of British consul in Khartoum, and was entrusted by the Royal Geographical Society to assist Speke and Grant on their return trip from their search for the source of the Nile. Speke was long-delayed, but never forgave Petherick's failure to wait for him at their agreed rendez-vous in Gondokoro, and publicly accused him of involvement in the slave trade, an allegation "more connected with [Speke's] excessive zeal in reporting suspected slave traders to the Consul General in Egypt and then being himself accused of indulging in it" (Verdcourt), though which nevertheless resulted in Petherick's dismissal from the consulate and obscures his reputation to this day. Blackmer 1295; Czech, p. 219; Hess & Coger 1495; Ibrahim-Hilmy II p. 109; see Verdcourt, "John Petherick " in The Conchologists' Newsletter, 132, pp. 453–458 (1995). [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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