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A voyage to Abyssinia, and travels into the interior of that country, executed under the orders of the British government, in the years 1809 and 1810; in which are included, an account of the Portuguese settlements on the east coast of Africa.

Salt, Henry.

Published by M. Carey; Boston: Wells & Lilly (pr. by Lydia R. Bailey), Philadelphia, 1816
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First U.S. edition and printed by Lydia Bailey, following the London first of 1814. Salt, a British traveller and Egyptologist, first visited Ethiopia in 1805, and returned in 1809 on a diplomatic mission intended to promote ties between the British government and the Emperor of Abyssinia. The Voyage gives Salt's observations of Ethiopian customs, manners, dress, cuisine, and music, along with the factual details of his diplomatic achievements ? or lack thereof, in terms of concrete agreements ? followed by an appendix comparing vocabulary words from various languages spoken along "the Coast of Africa, from Mosambique to the borders of Egypt, with a few others spoken in the Interior of that Continent" (p. 395). This is an untrimmed copy in original boards, with 24 pages of advertising for Carey publications bound in at the front of the volume. The preliminary map, engraved by John Bower, has hand-colored border lines; this American edition does not call for the plates found in the English first, but does include in-text depictions of several "Ethiopic inscriptions." 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 24, 454 pp.; fold. map., illus. Shaw & Shoemaker 33864; NSTC 2S3118; Library Company, Afro-Americana, 9080. Publisher's quarter tan paper over light blue paper?covered sides; front cover detached and back joint cracked, binding spotted, paper cracked and split along spine, spine label now absent and replaced with hand-inked title, spine with later paper shelving label. Front pastedown with institutional bookplate, front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription dated 1829. Half-title with portion of outer margin torn away (not touching text) and laid in. Map lightly foxed, with two short tears along folds. Pages age-toned, with occasional spots of foxing. Bookseller Inventory # 19413

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Title: A voyage to Abyssinia, and travels into the ...

Publisher: M. Carey; Boston: Wells & Lilly (pr. by Lydia R. Bailey), Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1816

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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