BAKER, Samuel White. The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia, and the Sword Hunters of the Hamram Arabs. London, Macmillan and Co., 1867.
8vo. Original blue pictorial cloth; pp. [iii]-xxii, , 596; steel-engraved double-portrait as frontispiece, 2 maps including one folding, 23 wood-engraved plates, wear and bumping to spine and corners; internally, apart from very rare minor spotting (more so to one plate) a very good copy.
First edition In 1861, Baker travelled along the Nile looking for the various tributaries. He realised the importance of the Atbara and Blue Nile, both in Abyssinia, as feeds for the White Nile. Returning in 1862, he travelled further upriver and eventually explored the Albert Nyanza (not explored by Speke and Grant). In doing so he discovered it to be the third of the lakes which feed the Nile. It was this discovery which brought him public recognition in Britain and led to the publication of the account of the second expedition as his Albert N'Yanza. He subsequently published Nile Tributaries in which he wrote of the first expedition, and in which he emphasises the importance of the Atbara and Blue Nile for the yearly inundation experienced by the Nile.
Czech p. 15 ('a classic of exploration and big game hunting').