Narrative of Captain James Fawckner's travels on the coast of Benin.


Narrative of Captain James Fawckner’s travels on the coast of Benin.

London, For the proprietor, by A. Schloss, 1837.

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Very scarce. Printed for subscription only by the author’s to raise money for Fawckner who had fallen on hard times. An account of the author’s travels in West Africa in 1825.

Fawckner and his crew were taken prisoner when their schooner ran aground at Mongyee. Their cargo, intended for the purchase of palmoil and ivory from the local tribes, was looted. The book includes a description of Giovanni Battista Belzoni’s grave at Gatto, Captain Fawckner having buried one of his deceased crew in a nearby plot.


First edition. 8vo (18.6 x 11cm.), viii, 3-128pp., original dark green blindstamped cloth, slipcase, a fine copy.

Provenance: Sir Thomas Phillipps, with his press-mark and “MHC”.



Stock ID: 90996