ROBINSON, Charles Henry. Hausaland or Fifteen Hundred Miles through the Central Soudan. London, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, 1896.
8vo. Publisher's original green cloth, image of a Nupé blocked in gilt to upper cover, lettered in gilt to spine, untrimmed; pp. xvi, 304; photogravure portrait frontispiece of the author, 16 plates, many illustrations to text, one folding colour map; minor rubbing to extremities, tiny repair to fold of map, minor offsetting from endpapers, but a very good copy.
First edition, increasingly rare. Selected by the Hausa Association, the author travelled to the Sokoto region in order to study Hausa language and customs. For this purpose Robinson travelled via Kaffi and Zaria to Kano, where he spent time pursuing his studies. Included are chapters on the author's travels, slavery, native medicine, the Hausa language, Islam, and related matters. Chapter 14 concerns the pilgrimage to Mecca.