CASATI, Gaetano. Ten Years in Equatoria and the Return with Emin Pasha … Translated from the Original Italian Manuscript by The Hon. Mrs. J. Randolph Clay assisted by Mr. I. Walter Savage Landor. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., 1891.
8vo. 2 volumes. Original pictorial cloth, vignette of Casati bound to a tree, surrounded by tribesmen blocked in black, silver and gilt to upper covers, gilt medallion portrait of Casati to spines, lettered in gilt and black; pp. xxi, 376; xvi, 347; 60 plates from photographs and sketches, illustrations to text, 4 folding maps in purpose-made pockets at rear; minimal wear to hinges, apart from light occasional spotting internally, a very good set of a lavishly produced book; ownership inscription in pencil, dated 1891, to half-title of volume one.
First edition, the trans-Atlantic issue. Casati's 10 years with Emin Pasha in Equatoria involved him in the events surrounding the Mahdist uprising which led to the death of General Gordon at Khartoum and the march by Henry M. Stanley for the relief of Emin Pasha. During this time, Casati also explored the region and made important discoveries in the Welle basin of modern north-east Zaire. These were not without personal risk to himself and his account contains details of his imprisonment at the command of King Chua in Unyoro, condemnation to death and eventual escape. A classic of African travel literature, Ten Years in Equatoria remains an important work.