Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains. An Exploration.

By: BURTON, Sir Richard F.

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2 volumes. 8vo. xvi, 333, [1], [2]; v, 306, [2] pp. Vol. I: Original photographic mounted photo as frontispiece plate, 1 plate (facing p. 149); vol. II: frontispiece engraving, folding map of "The Camaroons Mountains", 2 plates (facing pp. 128, 136). Total plates: 4. Ads included at rear of both vols. Partly unopened. Original blind-embossed dark green cloth, neatly rebacked with matching cloth and with original back-strips mounted to restore the original binding as fine as possible, retains original endleaves; upper corner dented (v. I). Very good +. First edition. Burton wrote this two-volume work, first published in 1863, while working as the British consul in Fernando Po (modern-day Equatorial Guinea), West African coast. The area is known as "the white man's grave" [referring to the high mortality rate among white missionaries and colonists in Africa, due to the tropical climate, diseases, and sanitation]. Burton describes his journey to Abeokuta, the capital of the Egba tribe of the Yoruba nation (which was located in the south-west of present-day Nigeria). Burton gives detailed descriptions of the people he meets – including the king – and considers the relationship between the Egba and England in the context of British ambitions in West Africa. Burton tells of his expedition to the mountains on the Cameroon coast, where he climbed Mount Cameroon, an active volcano. Perhaps his most important contribution is his description of the native condition of Africans, their character, description, societal conditions, attitudes, etc. "… he abhorred West African Creole culture, regarding it as no more than an inauthentic, offensive, comic mimicry of its British counterpart. As ever, Burton's opinions of early abolitionist hopes and policies." – See: T.C. McCaskie, "Cultural Encounters: Britain and Africa," within: Andrew Porter, (ed.), The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The . . . 1999, p.675. This narrative also includes extensive appendices, being lists of plants collected on his expeditions, notes about the wildlife living in the mountains, and meteorological observations about the climate and temperature of the region. // "The forest swarmed with 'tigers,' hyaenas, and other bugbears, the fevers were mortal in the lower regions, the cold would be intense, snow having just been seen in the upper heights, and the Krumen – the only servants in these regions – would certainly die or desert, perhaps do both." v. II, pp. 69-70. // Casada 25; Penzer p. 70. First Edition.

Title: Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains. An Exploration.

Author Name: BURTON, Sir Richard F.

Categories: Africa,

Publisher: London:, Tinsley Brothers, 1863.: 1863

lbs: 9.00 lbs

Seller ID: ME1008

Keywords: Africa