ALLEN, William; T.R.H. Thomson.

Narrative of the expedition


Narrative of the expedition
sent by Her Majesty’s Government to the River Niger, in 1841.
London, Bentley, 1848.

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The British Niger Expedition of 1841 was commissioned by the British Government to perform two primary tasks: firstly, to work towards the suppression of the slave trade by negotiating anti-slavery treaties with local chiefs, and to explore the course of the River Niger. However, so-called ‘river fever’ brought an untimely end to the expedition and it was abandoned. Nonetheless this title contains a useful history of Niger exploration, excellent observations on the tribes and natural history of the region.


First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., xviii, 509; viii, 511 pp., 18 engraved plates (one folding), numerous illustrations in text, 3 maps (2 folding), contemporary polished calf gilt, one joint repaired, an attractive set.


Brunet 20865; Gay 2739.


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