JOHNSTON, Charles. Travels in Southern Abyssinia, through the Country of Adal to the Kingdom of Shoa. London, J. Madden & Co., 1844.
2 vols. 8vo. Sometime rebound in quarter brown leather over dark blue cloth, ruled, titled and dated in gilt to spine; pp. xvi, 492; viii, 447, 8, publisher's catalogue, 2 toned lithogrraphic frontispieces, retaining tissue guards, one folding map; a little scuffing to spines, and some discolouration to top edges, but generally a very good copy of a rare set, particularly with the interior so clean and fresh.
First Edition of this increasingly hard to find set of travel literature, which relates the nature of Johnston's travels in Abyssinia. It dwells on the visit to the court of Shoa, and the anthropological differences between tribes in the area, modern day Ethiopia and Somalia. In addition, it covers a wide range of ethnological and enviromental concerns, including sections on Islam, mirages, scorpion hunting and others. In particular, Johnston had a fascination with hydrology, which manifests itself in a higher than average number of passages on rivers and lakes.