This fascinating work first appeared in 1826, and would have been popular, offering as it did a first-hand account of life and conditions at that time in the still little-known continent of Africa. Major Denham and his fellow-travellers Captain Clapperton and Dr Oudney covered a lot of ground, including traversing the Sahara Desert, and their detailed account of these travels offer a fascinating portrait of a newly-discovered land. Of equal interest is the apparent ill-feeling between the three, which must have made the whole business very fraught! Places are difficult to identify, as names have probably changed, maybe more than once, since the expedition was undertaken.
Dixon Denham (1786–1828) was an English soldier, explorer of West Central Africa, and ultimately Governor of Sierra Leone.
Bain Hugh Clapperton (1788–1827) was a Scottish naval officer and explorer of West and Central Africa.
Walter Oudney (1790–1824) was a Scottish physician and African explorer.
Our books are in extraordinarily good condition for their age, still in the original publisher's grey boards with brown cloth spine and abbreviated title etc in gilt lettering on the spine. The boards, edges and angles are a little worn consistent with age, but the sewn binding is firm and there are no loose pages. All edges rough-cut. Inside, pages are randomly foxed - some sections completely clean, others quite badly affected; apart from one or two pencilled names on the front feps, and title pages, no other annotation or markings. The large folding map in Vol I is present, but torn; two other smaller folded maps are present. A sketch map of a town is included in the text. All illustrations are present (34 engraved full-page images, one (at p. 77, Vol I) being coloured, and 13 woodcuts within the text). Several loose tissue guards remain - all badly foxed.