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CAMPBELL, Robert.

A pilgrimage to my motherland.

An account of a journey among the Egbas and Yorubas of Central Africa. In 1859-60.

Stock Code
104975
Philadelphia, Thomas Hamilton, New York, the Author, 1861
£2,250

Scarce and important account of the Niger Valley Exploring Party of 1859-60, undertaken to explore the possibility of colonizing parts of West Africa with African-American immigrants. The expedition was organized by the Jamaican-born teacher, printer, and journalist, Robert Campbell together with Martin Robison Delaney.

The book includes descriptions of Abeokuta, ethnographic material, and details of a treaty with the King and chiefs of the Egba, giving them the right to establish settlements within Egba territory. In the end nothing came of the treaty but Campbell together with his wife and family settled in Lagos where he founded and published a newspaper, The Anglo-African, and was involve in various ventures which contributed to the early development of Lagos.

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First edition, 8vo, 145pp., small double-page map mounted to blank before frontispiece as issued, lithograph portrait frontispiece, modern calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco labels, an excellent copy.

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