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LAKE TANA AND THE BLUE NILE. An Abyssinian Quest
London: MacMillan, 1936 Major R. E. Cheesman. LAKE TANA AND THE BLUE NILE. An Abyssinian Quest. Macmillan, London, 1936. First Edition in Dustwrapper. 8vo., 400pp., green cloth with gilt titles on spine & gilt canoe on front panel. 49 photo illustrations, incl. one long foldout panorama frontis. & one colored folding map at the back. Cheeseman's book painfully written for a second time after his manuscript had been stolen with his car, was the first description of much unexplored country in southern and eastern Gojjam. Cheesman was HM Consul in NW Abyssinia for 9 years & he received permission to survey the Lake Tana region & the Blue Nile as it coursed through Abyssinia to the Sudan. Cheesman travel several times to the region. He journeyed to all the related islands which had never before been visited by any European. He also made the first journey through the lake down the Blue Nile across previously unexplored territory to the furthest point reached by expeditions that had entered Abyssinia from Sudan. An extraordinary adventure & a very important book, here in hansdome collectible condition. A near fine or better copy in a near fine example of the rare dustwrapper. Extremely nice & very uncommon as such indeed. Major Cheesman was H.M. Consul for North-west Ethiopia, 1925-1934. He recorded his surprise on arriving in Ethiopia at finding that the upper waters of "one of the most famous of the rivers of the world, and one whose name was well known to the ancients" was in his lifetime "marked on the map by dotted lines", managed to map the upper course of the Blue Nile between 1925-1933. He did this not by following the river along its banks & through its impassable canyon, but following it from the highlands above, travelling some 5,000 miles (8,000 km) by mule in the adjacent country.. First Edition..
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