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Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters and decorations to spine and upper covers (spine decorated with gilt horse illus.; upper cover illus. with lion heads and camping scene); fold-out maps, 280 pp. Very Good+, with lightly rubbed edges. From Preface: I feel that some apology is due for adding another to the numerous books of travel that have been written, during the last few years, on Africa. My excuse must be the interest always taken in whatever relates to Africa and the African, and the fact that a considerable part of the ground traversed -- namely, that through the base country -- was terra incognita, and had not been explored previous to our visit. The Base, or Kunama, tribe, who inhabit this district, are far more uncivilised than any other people who dwell in that part of Africa. They are of a totally different type; much blacker, and more closely allied to the pure negro, than any of their neighbours. To penetrate into the heart of their country, had for some time been with me a cherished project; and I had often discussed its feasibility with Egyptian officials and others in the Soudan, during previous journeys made in the country, but had been invariably told that it was next to impossible to accomplish my desire. On all hands we were informed that the Base were most treacherous, and that, although there was not much danger of their attacking so large a party as we were by day, they would not hesitate to take advantage of us during the darkness of night, if an opportunity presented itself. My narrative will show that a little tact and care on our part overcame these obstacles, and we became the best of friends. Our chief difficulty was in first entering their country, and in setting their minds at rest as to our peaceable and non-political intentions toward them...
Title: The Wild Tribes of the Soudan: An Account of Travel and Sport Chiefly in the Base Country. Being PErsonal Experiences and Adventures during Three Winters Spent in the Soudan.
Location Published: New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, (1883).
Categories: African History
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