Hardcover, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. First American Edition. Octavo, pp. xiv, 510. Frontispiece portrait of Major-General Sir Garnet Wolseley, 16 more plates, 11 illustrations in the text, 2 fold out maps, appendix. Bound in publisher's brown cloth with gold spine titles. Spine slightly slanted. Wear to all edges of covers with some loss of cloth, wear heaviest along bottom edges and tail of spine. Previous owner stamp on front pastedown. Fold out map of Coomassie Expedition has closed tears and age spotting. Fold out map of Magdala Expedition clean.
Henry Morton Stanely was the most famous of the Victorian era African explorers, he was also a newspaper war correspondent for The New York Herald. This book contains Stanley's accounts of the Third Anglo-Ashanti War fought in 1873-1874 (Coomassie) and the British Expedition to Abyssinia in 1868 (Magdala). The Ashanti War took place in modern day Ghana and the British forces were led by Garnet Wolseley, who would become perhaps the most famous and influential of the Empire's generals. The Expedition to Abyssinia was in modern day Ehtiopia and the Britsh were led by Robert Napier. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 510 pages. [Item #77237]