First edition of Ismailia: A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade.
Octavo, [two volumes], viii, 447pp, [55pp advertisements]; viii, 588pp. Publisher’s green cloth, title in gilt on spine. Some loss of cloth at top edge of spine, slight lean to text block. Generally clean text, with expected age toning and occasional foxing. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover in each volume. Fold-out color map of the Albert N’Yanza in Volume I and 20 full page illustrations. In volume II, full page color map and 28 full page illustrations. 52 plates in total. Previous ownership signature in both volumes. (Howgego I, B10)
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.