the third anglo-ashanti war.
STANLEY, Henry Morton. Coomassie and Magdala. The Story of Two British Campaigns in Africa, London, Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1874.
8vo. Original green pictorial cloth; pp. xiv, 510, 48 (advertisments), 2 folding maps, 27 wood-engraved illustrations on plates and in the text; expertly re-backed and endpapers renewed; one plate with spotted and lightly frayed margin, another one laid down with frayed margins; otherwise good.
First edition, in the rarely seen original cloth binding. Henry Morton Stanley was Special Correspondent to the New York Herald newspaper and reported on several conflicts; in the 1860s, he witnesed two successful British military campaigns in Africa; the battles for the towns of Coomassie and Magdala. The British soldiers not only fought hard against the enemy, but also had to endure extremely harsh and gruelling climatic and geographical conditions. In particular, the fight for Coomassie took place in thick jungle and swampland; many of the troops who survived the battle were later to fall victim to malaria and other diseases. The victories were highly praised back in England and were widely thought to be some of the toughest battles of the period.