Journal of a Second Expedition into the Interior of Africa from the Bight of Benin to Soccatoo; to which is added the Journal of Richard Lander from Kano to the Sea-Coast, Partly by a More Eastern Route

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Author: Clapperton, Hugh (1788-1827)

Year: 1829

Publisher: Carey, Lee & Carey

Place: Philadelphia

Description:

[iv ads]+xxiv+422+[ii ads] pages with folding engraved map, engraved plan, showing the course of the Kowara or Quarra, vocabulary of Yourriba and Fellatah languages, meteorological tables. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") bound in quarter brown cloth with label to spine over original blue boards. (Gay 337. Work 20) First American edition.

Immediately after his return to England, Clapperton was raised to the rank of commander, and sent out with another expedition to Africa, the sultan Bello of Sokoto having professed his eagerness to open up trade with the west coast. Clapperton came out on HMS Brazen, which was joining the West Africa Squadron for the suppression of the slave trade. He landed at Badagry in the Bight of Benin, and started overland for the Niger on 7 December 1825, having with him his servant Richard Lemon Lander, Captain Pearce, and Dr. Morrison, navy surgeon and naturalist. Before the month was out Pearce and Morrison were dead of fever. Clapperton continued his journey, and, passing through the Yoruba country, in January 1826 he crossed the Niger at Bussa, the spot where Mungo Park had died twenty years before.

Condition:

Covers and front advertisment pages damp stained, heavily foxed, corners rubbed, edge wear, spine rebacked with new label, back end paper corner torn. Over all a good to very good copy.


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