Scarce. ‘The author, a French envoy to the court of King Sahla Selasé, arrived at Tajurah in 1839 and left by the same port the following year. This voyage gives interesting glimpses of the Adal country, and the first comprehensive view of Shawa since the arrival of Alvarez [in 1520]. He has chapters on geography, customs, agriculture, industry and commerce, and the prevailing diseases of the country. An appendix contains Amharic and Oromo words and phrases’ (Pankhurst).
First edition. 8vo, [iv], xxiv, 439 pp., inscribed by the author, lithographed frontispiece, 11 other lithographs, folding map (short tear repaired), contemporary blind-stamped red morocco cathedral-style binding, all edges gilt, lightly rubbed, an excellent example.
Provenance: inscribed presentation copy from the author to Monsieur (name erased).
Stock ID: 98737