First edition, first printing. Publisher's original cloth with leopard print decoration to the corners and head and tail of the spine. Titles in gilt to the upper board and spine. Profusely illustrated throughout with 100 photographs and line drawings, as well as 5 maps (2 folding). A good copy, the binding secure but with cracking to the inner-hinges at front and back and between pp.16-17, some loss to the tail of the spine, and a little insect damage to the foot of both the upper and rear boards. The contents with the bookplate of Albert Ruskin Cook to the front pastedown, his ink inscription to the half-title, the ink stamp of Mengo Hospital, Uganda to the free front endpaper, half-title, and title page, a little worming to the prelims at front and rear, and scattered foxing throughout. The maps with a little foxing are otherwise in good order and free from any tears or creases.
Dedicated to Cecil Rhodes and with a lengthy Introduction by Henry M. Stanley, this account vividly details Decle's epic seven thousand mile journey through South Africa, Bechuanaland, British Central Africa, Mozambique, Nyasaland, Tanganyika, Uganda, Kenya, and Zanzibar. It also contains an appendix vocabulary in Kiswahili, Kinyamwesi, Luganda, Kavirondo, Masai, Kikamba, and Kisenga. The present copy was owned by Sir Albert Ruskin Cook, CMG, OBE (1870-1951), a British medical missionary in Uganda, and the founder of Mulago Hospital and Mengo Hospital, the oldest hospital in East Africa. Cook was unusual amongst medical missionaries due to his efforts to train Africans to become skilled medical workers, as typified by his and his wife Katharine's (1863-1938) opening of a school for midwives at Mengo, and their production of a midwifery manual in Ganda, the local language. A very presentable copy with a nice provenance.
Stock code: 18088