The narrative of Robert Adams,
a sailor, who was wrecked on the Western coast of Africa in the year 1810, was detained three years in slavery by the Arabs of the Great Desert, and resided several months in the city of Timbuctoo.
London, John Murray, 1816
This book was the first to describe Timbuktu as a dull squalid place, boasting none of the glories of old, and this led many to disbelieve his story - though some of those who poured scorn on the book may have had a vested interest in the notion that the legendary West African city was still a thriving metropolis. See Howgego Encyclopaedia of Exploration.
4to; , xi-xxi, , xxxiii-xxxiv, , 6-231, pp.; with large folding map as frontispiece; later half calf gilt by Winstanley of Manchester, morocco lettering piece, a fine example.
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