MOORE, Francis

Travels into the inland parts of Africa:


Travels into the inland parts of Africa:
containing a description of the several nations for the space of six hundred miles up the River Gambia; their trade, habits, customs, language, manners, religion and government; the power, disposition and characters of some negro princes; with a particular account of Job Ben Solomon … To which is added, Capt. Stibbs’s voyage up the Gambia in the year 1723, to make discoveries; with an accurate map of that river taken on the spot: and many other copper plates. Also extracts from the Nubian’s geography, Leo the African, and other authors antient and modern, concerning the Niger, Nile, or Gambia, and observations thereon …
London Cave, 1738.

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Moore “was appointed in 1730 by the Royal African Company of England a writer at James Fort on James Island in the river Gambia. In January 1732 he was promoted to be factor at Joar in conjunction with William Roberts. He had much trouble with his colleague, who was a slave to drink and whose jealousy was extreme. Roberts finally betook himself to a town called Cower, about three miles away, along with all the servants of the factory, except the cook. He incited the natives to molest and threaten Moore, and was at length cashiered. Soon afterwards Moore went up five hundred miles inland, making careful observations and drawings. He left Africa in May 1735.” (DNB).


First edition, 8vo., xi, xiii, 305, [1], 86, [4], 23, [1] pp., large folding map of the River Gambia (splits to folds), 11 engraved plates and plans (1 folding), contemporary sprinkled calf, double gilt fillets to covers, raised bands ruled in gilt, upper joint cracked but firm, head of spine worn, internally clean and fresh.



Stock ID: 98875