Through Unknown African Countries. The First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu. - A. Donaldson Smith 1897 - Edward Arnold, London New York - First Edition With a photogravure portrait of the author, 26 full page monochrome plates, over 40 in-text illustrations, and six maps (five of which are folding and most outlined in colour).

A. Donaldson Smith was an American medical doctor and amateur big-game hunter who, in 1894-95, undertook an 18-month expedition from Berbera, Somalia (then British Somaliland) to Lake Turkana (then Lake Rudolf) in Kenya. He explored the headwaters of the Shabeelle River in Ethiopia and, on his return journey, descended the Tana River to the Kenyan coast. This book is his account of the expedition. Its appendices contain detailed descriptions and illustrations of the fishes, spiders and scorpions, moths, geological specimens, fossils, plants, and ethnographic objects collected on the expedition. Also included are maps of the expedition’s route, glossaries of words collected from several African tribes, and his correspondence with Emperor Menelek, from whom he sought permission to travel through southern Ethiopia. Lake Turkana National Park in Kenya is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  This is the handsome American printing of the University Press (John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U.S.A.), with blue grey cloth and elephants head embossed to the front board, the London printing was in red cloth, no illustrations to the boards.

Large octavo (book size 25.8 x 17 cm) pp. [2] [2] xvi 471 [1] [4 (publisher’s ads)] [6] [2]. Publisher’s pagination includes plates. In publisher’s green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, front board with gilt double filet borders, lettering and vignette of elephant outlined in gilt and blocked in dark green, top edge gilt others trimmed, new yellow endpapers. (Plates collated and correct 3/2018 LMRB).
  Condition: Internally fine, in near fine cloth, neatly rebacked retaining original cloth spine, new endpapers, light wear to corners and spine ends, small 1cm area of rubbing to spine.   Ref: 109354   Price: HK$ 2,800