Series III Volume 2 of publications from The Hakluyt Society, publishers of scholarly books on voyages of geographical discovery and exploration. "In 1623 Richard Jobson published an account of a 1620-1621 English voyage up River Gambra, during which a party, led by himself, penetrated to a point some 460 miles up-river. The purpose of the voyage was to make contact with the gold trade of the West African interior, but in this there was little success. However, Jobson’s account of the river, its commerce, natural history, peoples, religions and polities, was the earliest to appear in print, in this fullness of detail, in any language. It was also the earliest detailed account of any part of Black Africa, by an Englishman. Jobson’s account, almost entirely original, has special interest in its author’s observations on the African scene, particularly those on the African peoples and individuals encountered. Jobson discusses such topics as local agriculture and trade, the role of Islam, political culture, and the position of women."
This hardback is in very good condition, appears unread, and would be listed 'as new' if it wasn't for a couple of small stains to the upper outside edges of the pages and dustjacket. The dark-blue cloth boards are decorated in gilt with the Society's device to the front, and gilt lettering to the spine. Inside, are colour plates and other illustrations and maps in black and white. The pages are clean and the binding is tight.