DIXON DENHAM (1786-1828), HUGH CLAPPERTON (1788-1827) AND OTHERS
Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, in the years 1822, 1823, and 1824, by Major Denham, 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. London: Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1826. 2 parts in one volume. Folding engraved general map, 37 plates and maps (36 uncoloured engravings, 1 hand-coloured aquatint), numerous wood-engraved illustrations. (Offsetting of plates onto facing text, spotting or browning to folding map and about 16 plates.) [with:] Journal of a Second Expedition into the Interior of Africa, from the Bight of Benin to Soccatoo. By the late Commander Clapperton ... To which is added, the journal of Richard Lander. London: Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1829. 4° (268 x 210mm). Mezzotint portrait frontispiece, folding engraved map, engraved chart. (Lacking half-title, light spotting to portrait and offsetting from portrait onto title).
2 works in 2 volumes, 4° (272 x 210mm). Uniform calf gilt, covers with double-fillet border, spines in six compartments with double raised bands, green/brown morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, marbled endpapers and edges (old damage to leather on the upper cover of vol.II). FIRST EDITIONS OF BOTH WORKS. Lowndes called the first work 'the most interesting and important work yet published on the subject of African reseaches'. Howgego 1800-1850 C33, C34 and D18; Lowndes I, p.629 (first work only).
With: [MISS TULLY]. Narrative of a Ten Years' Residence at Tripoli in Africa: from the original correspondence in the possession of the family of the late Richard Tully. London: Cox & Bayliss for Henry Colburn, 1816. 4° (273 x 215mm). 4 hand-coloured aquatint plates, 1 folding uncoloured engraved map. (Without final blank, occasional light spotting.) Contemporary straight-grained calf by J. Bohn of London, covers with border of a gilt single fillet flanked by roll-tools in blind, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt (light scuffing too extremities, small split to lower cover).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. 'The authenticity of the following letters cannot be questioned. They were written by the sister of the late Richard Tully, Esq. his Britannic Majesty's Consul at the Court of Tripoly, between whose family and that of the Bashaw, it will be seen that the closest intimacy subsisted for many years' (Preface p.iii). Miss Tully was a 'well-bred English spinster [who] spent her time in north Africa visiting the royal family, politely congratulating the Bashaw on his fine harem and collection of Christian slaves' (Robinson p. 248). Abbey Travel 301; Playfair Tripoli 143.
and: FREDERICH KONRAD HORNEMAN (1772-1800). The Journal of Frederick Horneman's Travels from Cairo to Mourzouk, the capital of the kingdom of Fezzan, in Africa. In the years 1797-8. London: W. Bulmer & Co.. for G. & W. Nicol, 1802. 4° (266 x 210mm). 2 folding engraved maps with routes marked by hand in colour. (Some spotting.) Contemporary calf gilt by J. Rodwell, covers with triple fillet border, spine in six compartments with raise bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, repeat decoration in gilt in the others, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. [With:] two others of African interest (SIR JOHN BARROW. An Account of Travels into the interior of South Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798. London: 1801. Volume I only, 4°. 1 folding map. Contemporary calf; JAMES RILEY. Loss of the American brig Commerce, wrecked on the western coast of Africa, in the month of August, 1815. With an account of Timbuctoo, and of the hitherto undiscovered great city of Wassanah. London: 1817. 4°. 1 folding map. Contemporary calf). (6)