Author: Wilson, Rev. C.T. & Felkin, R.W. Year: 1882 Edition: First edition Publisher: London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington Category: Africa North Price: € 1,150.-
Contemporary morocco over marbled boards, 8vo., marbled endpapers matching the marbled boards, top edges gilt, 2 volumes. The spines divided in six compartments by five raised bands with maroon morocco labels in the second compartment showing the title and black morocco labels in the third compartment with the volume numbers, the other compartments elaborately gilt tooled.
Vol. 1: x, 1, pp 1-372; frontis, 2 full page plates, a map and 8 engravings in the text.
Vol. 2: viii, pp. 1-379; frontis, 3 full page plates, 18 engravings in the text, a folding table plus 3 partly coloured folding maps, of which one quite large, all in fine condition.
A label with the name of Henry L. Jost Jr., Kansas City, Missouri, affixed to front pastedowns and three library blindstamps on title page and two text pages in each volume. Missing the 32 pages of ads at the end of volume 1. Extremities rubbed and some very occasional remarks in the text by pencil, but further neat, clean copies throughout.
These two volumes were jointly written by Rev. C.T. Wilson and Mr. R.W. Felkin, a member of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Both were Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society.
Though their journey was primarily initiated to establish two mission stations of which one in Karagwe and the other one in Uganda, this book mainly contains a description of the areas visited, including the various tribes inhabiting these areas, as well as their cultures. Missionary matters are hardly spoken of.
Prince Ibrahim-Hilmy: "With a new map of 1200 miles in these provinces. The book includes Mr. Wilson's journey from Zanzibar to Rubaga. He is the first European who has crossed the Victoria Nyanza, having made three voyages from Ntebbi to Kagei; and he has coasted its western shores twice."