GLEICHEN, A.E.W., Count. With the Mission to Menelik 1897. London, Edward Arnold, 1898.
8vo. Original blue cloth gilt; pp. xi, 363, 32 (advertisements); photogravure frontispiece, plates, 2 folding maps; early ownership inscription to half-title; otherwise a very good copy.
First edition. Gleichen served with the Grenadier Guards on the Nile in 1884-5, and later at Dongola in the Sudan in 1896. That year, the Abyssinians under King Menelik defeated an Italian force which led the Italians to withdraw from the region. In an attempt to establish relations with the king, the British government sent a mission under Rennell Rodd. The mission proved highly successful, both parties recognising the trading rights of the other and Menelik proclaiming the Mahdists of neighbouring Sudan as enemies. Gleichen, the author of the present work, accompanied the mission as Intelligence Office, also in charge of water arrangements. His account of the mission includes details of life in Addis Ababa and aspects of Abyssinian culture.