with a little help from rimbaud.
BORELLI, Jules. Éthiopie Méridionale. Journal de mon Voyage aux Pays Amhara, Oromo et Sidama. Septembre 1885 à Novembre 1888. Paris, Ancienne Maison Quantin, 1890.
4to. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt; pp. 520, , 13 plates, 7 double-page maps (one coloured) numerous wood-engravings in the text, several of which full-page; extremities a little worn, occasional brown-spotting, a good copy; provenance: contemporary armorial bookplate François Borelli in lower outer corner of title.
First edition. A fine scientific and ethnographic travel report on Southern Ethiopia. Jules Borelli encountered the Europe-weary former poet Rimbaud, with whom he stayed in the 'forbidden' city of Harar in 1887. They both exchanged letters, and Rimbaud, who was a friend of Haile Selassie's father, was helpful in providing the explorer with contacts and topographical information.