First American edition of Samuel W. Baker’s Ismailia: A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade.
Octavo, 542pp. Publisher’s red cloth, with illustration stamped in gilt on front cover. Title in gilt on spine. Publisher’s device stamped in blind on rear cover. Solid text block, light rubbing to edges and corners, faint foxing to edges, light shelf wear. Clean text. Complete with 48 full-page plates, a full-page color map, and a fold-out map. Large fold-out map with two short closed tears along edge near gutter, otherwise near fine. Features a steel plate portrait of the author and two frontispieces, all with tissue guards. (Czech 15-16)
A scarce account of Sir Samuel W. Baker’s voyage to Central Africa to suppress the slave trade. Along with a force of 1700 men from the Khedive Authority, Baker took control of the Sudanese region of southern Egypt. He fought numerous battles with slave traders and ultimately created a stable trade region in Equatoria.