First Footsteps in East Africa; or An Exploration of Harar
First Footsteps in East Africa; or An Exploration of Harar

BURTON, Sir Richard F. First Footsteps in East Africa; or An Exploration of Harar.

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BURTON, Sir Richard F. First Footsteps in East Africa; or An Exploration of Harar. Longman Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856.

8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers ornamented in blind; pp. xl, [2, list of plates], 648, 24 (publisher's catalogue); 2 engraved maps, 4 colour- lithographic plates retaining tissue guards, 7 illustrations in the text; binding a little worn and with darkened spine, light browning or spotting in places only; internally rather clean and fresh.
First edition, the issue without appendix IV. In 1854 Burton set out upon an expedition into Somalia, finally putting into action a plan that had been entertained by the British authorities for some years. He succeeded in reaching Harar, the first European to do so, spending a few months there before returning to the coast at Berberah. Burton's companions on the expedition were John Hanning Speke, who undertook a separate exploration that proved unsuccessful, and William Stroyan. The latter was killed when the expedition party, reunited at Berberah, was attacked by Somalis. The attack effectively brought the expedition to an end. Burton's original manuscript included the famous appendix which investigated infibulation and female genital mutilation amongst Somali women; the publishers found it "necessary to omit" this appendix and consequently Appendix IV appears only in the title.
Penzer pp. 60-3; Casada 35.

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