Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile. in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773: ... Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile. in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773: ... Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile. in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773: ... Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile. in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773: ...

Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile. in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773

BRUCE, James (1730-1794)

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(12 3/16 x 9 7/8 inches). Half-titles, final blank in Vol. II. Engraved title vignettes, engraved arms on dedication leaf in Vol. I. 61 engraved plates, plans and maps (3 large folding maps, 3 battle plans, 55 plates), 4 ll. Ethiopian text printed in letterpress. Uncut, and often unopened. (Pp. 393-94 bound in before pp. 395-96 and pp. 399-400 bound in before pp. 397-98 in Volume IV. Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards (expertly re-backed to style) Provenance: 'JB' ('JB' surmounted by a viscount's coronet) [ with :] Richard WHARTON (c.1774-1828). Observations on the Authenticity of Bruce's Travels in Abyssinia; in reply to some passages in Brown's travels through Egypt, Africa, and Syria. Newcastle: printed by T. Cadell, sold by T. Cadell, [and others], 1800. Quarto (10 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches.). 84 pp. Marbled paper wrappers (neatly rebacked). Provenance : Mrs. M. Wharton (inscribed on title "From the Author to Mrs. M. Wharton."). An exceptional copy in original boards of the first edition of a work that offers the unusual combination of an important travel book that is also beautifully written. Together with a rare author's presentation copy of Richard Wharton's work in support of Bruce (no copies are listed as having sold at auction in the last thirty years). James Bruce, Laird of Kinnaird (1730-1794), arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, in July 1768 having determined to discover the source of the Nile which he believed to be in Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Traveling via Cairo, Thebes and the Red Sea he reached Gondar in Abyssinia in 1770. He stayed there for two years before finally reaching the source of the Blue Nile, and in 1771, he also found its confluence with the White Nile. This work is particularly important for its portrayal of Ethiopia, then little-known, for its literary merits, and for the final volume on natural history. "Bruce especially prepared himself for this arduous task by acquainting himself with conditions in Africa, with instruments for taking bearings, and with some skill in medicine. This latter accomplishment proved to be very valuable, as, saving some members of the royal family of Abyssinia from the smallpox, he gained needed favors. Besides he was of magnificent proportions physically and a superb horseman, both of which factors assisted him to the good graces of the Abyssinians. He might have spared himself some attacks on his veracity had he bettered his information on what had been accomplished by the Jesuits in their expeditions and explorations for the source of the Blue Nile. Probably he really believed at the time when he stood barefooted by the little fountain whence flows out the beginnings of the Blue Nile, that he was the first white man to gaze on and identify these waters. As it was, the doubts of the truthfulness of his narrative were numerous, occasioning several parodies, best known of which are the Travels of Baron Munchausen. They also caused him to delay for many years the publication of his journals. The result of his travels was a very great enrichment of the knowledge of geography and ethnography" (Cox). "[Bruce] had not reached the source of the true Nile, but only that of its considerable tributary ? He was also in error ? in regarding himself as the first European who had reached these fountains. ? There is a sense, however, in which Bruce may be more justly esteemed the discoverer of the fount of the Blue Nile than [the Jesuit Pedro] Paez, who stumbled upon it by accident [in 1615], and, absorbed by missionary zeal, thought little of the exploit to which Bruce had dedicated his life" (DNB). Blackmer 221; Cox I, pp. 388-389; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 91; Pritzel 1256 (Volume V only). Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: printed by J. Ruthven for G.G.J & J. Robinson
Publication Date: 1790
Binding: 5 volumes, quarto

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