Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S.

By: BURTON, Sir Richard F.

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2 volumes. Small 8vo. viii, [2], 303, [1]; [vi], 295, [1] pp. Half-titles, folding map of "The West Coast of Africa"; some edge tears. Original publisher's dark maroon blind-stamped cloth, gilt-stamped spine titles, author cited as "R.F. Burton F.R.G.S." on spine. Bookplates of George Merryweather. Near fine. First edition; second issue binding [with Burton's name on the spine]. The first issue binding does include the author's name on the spine. "This may have been a slap at the Royal Geographical Society, for Burton was at odds with the organization's leadership at the time over the matter of the Nile's sources. The acerbic dedication was 'to the true friends of Africa- not the 'Philanthropist' or 'Exeter Hall'." – Casada. // "Newly married and needing employment, Burton approached the Foreign Office for a consular position, hoping for the post at Damascus. Instead, he was offered the consulship at Fernando Po, a small, unhealthy island in the Bight of Biafra on the west African coast. When he accepted the position on 27 March 1861 he requested to retain his commission in the Bombay army, but he was struck from the list, thereby losing not only his half pay but also any prospect of a pension or sale of his commission, an action about which he always complained bitterly. Burton did not permit Isabel to accompany him to Fernando Po, which he described as 'the very abomination of desolation'. He slipped away from the post at every opportunity for excursions on the African mainland or to meet Isabel in the Canaries or England. Although he loathed Fernando Po, he worked continuously at his writing with Wanderings in West Africa and Abeokuta and the Cameroons Mountains both appearing in 1863." - DNB. // Casada 70; Penzer pp. 71-72. First Edition.

Title: Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S.

Author Name: BURTON, Sir Richard F.

Categories: Africa,

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

lbs: 9.00 lbs

Seller ID: ME1025

Keywords: Africa