I have here a book for sale entitled Travels and discoveries in North and Central Africa including accounts of Timbuktu ,Sokoto and the basins of the Niger and Benuwe by Henry Barth, Ph.D., D.C.L., Published by Ward lock, and Co., London in 1890.
"Barth is thought to be one of the greatest of the European explorers of Africa, as his scholarly preparation, ability to speak and write Arabic, learning African languages, and character meant that he carefully documented the details of the cultures he visited. He was among the first to comprehend the uses of oral history of peoples, and collected many. He established friendships with African rulers and scholars during his five years of travel (1850-1855)."
First Edition (thus) book in the Minerva Library of famous books, good condition with some full page illustrations and numerous in-text woodcuts, and maps, pages are clean throughout. endpaper shows tanning. Slight scuff marks to the spine. Overall this is a very good copy. Extraordinary early accounts of travels along mountains rivers and basins ,cities and remote villages. Meetings with tribes and traders are described in detail together with descriptions of their trading methods. An important reference work on Africa. 548+10(ads) pages, 18 x 13 cm.