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BUCHANAN, Angus, Captain [author and photographer]. Sahara.

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BUCHANAN, Angus, Captain [author and photographer]. Sahara. London, John Murray, 1926.

8co. Original pictorial cloth; pp. xv, 301, [2, advertisements], errrata slip, sketch map, diagram in the text and numerous plates after photographs; light rubbing to binding, a little offsetting from endpapers; a very good presentation copy, inscribed, signed and dated February 23, 1926 by the author on front fly-leaf, withdrawn from Pangbourne College with their bookplate inside front cover.
First edition, presentation copy, in the superior binding (there are copies illustrated only in black).
The book includes: A set of 10 (of 12) photographic postcards after T.A. Glover with captions in the plate, and a second copy of one card, all with printed text on versos, circa 83 x 135mm, together with the original printed paper envelope; most cards a little faded, envelope worn with small losses, otherwise a very good set.
The distinguished soldier, traveller and writer Captain Angus Buchanan, MC, FRSGS (1886-1954) participated in a zoological expedition to the Barren Grounds in 1914, before enlisting in Legion of Frontiersmen (25th Royal Fusiliers), as a private in 1915, and served for three years in East Africa, before he was invalided home with the rank of Captain, and published an account of his experiences as Three Years of War in East Africa (London: 1919). In 1919-1920 Buchanan undertook an expedition to Aïr in the Central Sahara on behalf of Lord Rothschild -- publishing a narrative of the expedition as Explorations of Aïr: Out of the World North of Nigeria (London: 1921) -- before then crossing the Sahara again from south to north, leaving from Kano, Nigeria in March 1922 and arriving with a much diminished party of four in Touggourt, Algeria in June 1923. Both of these expeditions produced important zoological and scientific data, and provided the basis for Buchanan's Sahara (London: 1926). Glover's footage of the expedition was released as a film under the title Crossing the Great Sahara in 1924, and presumably these postcards were issued at around the same time.
The subjects of this group are: 'Captain Angus Buchanan M.C.'; 'A Tuareg girl of Aïr -- (a child of the mysterious veiled people of the Sahara)'; 'Transporting big game specimens to camp. Dama's Gazelle -- a new subspecies discovered during the expedition across the Sahara'; 'A silver fox that lives in the mountains of the Sahara ... A new subspecies discovered during the expedition'; 'Two fine male ostriches collected on the shores of the Sahara during Captain Buchanan's expedition'; 'Cones of salt obtained from the great salt mines in the Oasis of Bilma in the very heart of the Sahara'; 'Ask a camel who has sometimes to go 7 days without a drink what he thinks of prohibition? He would surely answer -- "It's all wrong"'; 'Camels "in clover" -- feeding on thorn trees in a dry river bed in Aïr'; 'Feri n'Gashi the faithful camel which Buchanan rode throughout his journey across the Sahara -- 3,500 miles ... It was the only camel to complete the whole journey'; 'Captain Buchanan -- Ali -- and Sakari and Feri n'Gashi who along with Mr T.A. Glover (camera man) were all of the original expedition to reach Algiers after 16 months spent in crossing the Sahara' (2 copies). One of the copies of this last card is inscribed on the image in ink 'Yours sincerely Angus Buchanan' and in pencil on the verso 'MAMMA ALI' and 'SAKARI KANO', with then a further [?]name in an unidentified script, and the other copy is inscribed in pencil on the verso 'FROM ALI ELOHATI' with same [?]name in an unidentified script.

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