An Interesting Narrative of the Travels of James Bruce, Esq. Into Abyssinia, to Discover the Source of The Nile. Abridged from the Original Work

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Author: Bruce, James (1730-1794); abridged by Samuel Shaw

Year: 1790

Publisher: Re-printed for Berry and Rogers

Place: New York


380+[4 ad] pages. duodecimo (6 1/2" x 3 3/4") bound in contemporary calf, rebacked to style preserving lettering label. First American edition.

James Bruce explorer who, in the course of daring travels in Ethiopia, reached the headstream of the Blue Nile, then thought to be the Nile’s main source. The credibility of his observations, published in Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile (1790), was questioned in Britain, partly because he had first told the French court of his discoveries. Reports by later travelers, however, confirmed the accuracy of his account.


Rebacked, foxing to first and last leaves, some working to covers, ink ownership signature to front blank, contemporary bookplate of John Rutherfurd (1760-1840), the New Jersey senator and namesake of the town of Rutherford, New Jersey else a very good copy.

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