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BAKER, Sir Samuel White (1821-93) | ISMAILIA : A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. , ,


London : Macmillan and Co., 1874
First Edition. Two volumes. 8vo. (23cm); viii, (448), 28, (2); viii, 588 pp. Total of 49 plates wood-engraved plates, two maps and two frontispieces (with tissue-guards). Original green cloth with gilt image of a camel train to upper covers and the titles lettered in gilt to spines; original brown pastedowns. Book ticket of Harrison of Pall Mall in v1. A couple of light marks to the cloth, some minor wrinkles to the spine in v1 and really modest shelfwear to the heads of the spine; tips of corners rubbed, as usual. A very good set of this important work.
Baker was appointed in 1869 by the Khedive Isma’il as the Governor-general of the Nile Basin and a Major-general in the Ottoman army, awarding him absolute power to permanently abolish slavery within his domain. This book is Baker’s account of the Khedive’s expedition to suppress the slave trade in Central Africa, along with his eyewitness accounts of the trade, and dramatic plates of hippo attacks and other wildlife.
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