Brand new slipcased hardback of TRAVELS IN WEST AFRICA by Mary Kingsley and published by The Folio Society in 2007. Still sealed.
The book is in brand new condition and is still sealed in the publisher's original cellophane wrapping.
A remarkable account by a pioneering woman explorer who, until 1893, lived the typical life of a single Victorian woman, tending to sick relatives and keeping house for her brother. However, on the death of her parents, she undertook an extraordinary decision: with no prior knowledge of the region, she set out alone to West Africa to pursue her anthropological interests and collect botanical specimens.
Travels in West Africa would challenge (as well as reinforce) contemporary Victorian prejudices about Africa, and also made invaluable contributions to the fields of botany and anthropology. Above all, it stands as a gripping, classic travel narrative by a woman whose sense of adventure and fascination with Africa transformed her whole life.
In December 1894, she undertook a second trip to the region, during which she became the first woman to climb Mount Cameroon. On her return home eleven months later, she wrote Travels in West Africa, which was published in 1897 and was followed by another book West African Studies in 1899. Kingsley made one final trip to Africa, enlisting as a volunteer nurse during the Boer War. She had only been there for two months when she developed typhoid fever and died, on 3rd June 1900, and was buried at sea in accordance with her wishes.
260 pages, illustrated cloth boards, map endpapers
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Mary Kingsley TRAVELS IN WEST AFRICA Folio Society Sealed
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Brand new slipcased hardback published by The Folio Society in 2007. Still sealed.