Through Masai Land:
A journey of exploration among the snowclad volcanic mountains and strange tribes of Eastern Equatorial Africa. Being the narrative of the Royal Geographical Society's expedition to Mount Kenia and Lake Victoria Nyanza, 1883-1884.
New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1885
'In 1882 the Royal Geographical Society launched what was to be Thomson's major expedition, to try to find the shortest route from Zanzibar to Uganda. Travelling unarmed from the coastal city of Mombasa, in modern Kenya, he went by way of Kilimanjaro, surviving two crossings through the country of the Masai people, who had previously barred passage. He was the first European to note the existence of Lake Baringo, and he reached Lake Victoria on December 10, 1882' (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Thomson's gazelle and Thomson's Falls are named after him.
The work provided Rider Haggard with the inspiration for King Solomon's Mines.
First U.S. edition; 8vo, xii, 583 pp., frontispiece, numerous wood-engraved illustrations, 14 full-page, 2 coloured folding maps, original green cloth gilt ruled in black, pictorial gilt vignette to upper cover, neat repairs to inner hinges, light wear to extremities, a very good example.
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