Sir Samuel Baker is one of the most famous figures in the Victorian exploration of sub- Saharan Africa. Given complete power by the British-backed Ottoman ruler of Egypt, the Khedive, to crush the slave trade in southern Egypt, – including the power of death – and enjoying the Turkish title ‘Pasha’, Baker’s expedition to the largely unexplored Sudan and huge tracts of Uganda and central Africa became an epic of hardship and exploration. His adventures, narrated in these two volumes, included frequent attack by hippotamii as well as hostile slavers, hauling a steamer overland, as well as sporting and hunting interludes. A colourful character, Baker’s memoirs should not be missed by anyone interested in Africa, exploration, the history of the British Empire and the suppression of the slave trade. Illustrated with engravings, prints and maps.
Sir Samuel W. Baker
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2006 reprint by Rediscovery Books (original 1874.) SB. 2 vols.viii+ 448pp + map in colour & vii + 588pp + map in colour.
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