Lot 16

Caillé (René)

Journal d’un Voyage a Temboctou et a Jenné, dans l’Afrique Centrale, 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, lacking accompanying atlas, map and plates, engraved author’s portrait to frontispiece of vol. 1, edges untrimmed and little dust-soiled, few uncut, some dampstaining or traces of mould, occasional minor tearing, purple stains to some margins of vol. 3, blue wrappers, original printed wrappers in vol. 2 and 3 preserved, some tearing, 8vo, Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1830 (3)

***”[Caillé] set out from Sierra Leone, reached the Niger, and followed it to Kabara, the port of Timbuktu. Thence he went to the mysterious city, saw something of its real character, and crossed the Sahara to Morocco, reaching the coast west of Fez. For this journey, he was rewarded by the Geographical Society of Paris” (Baker, History of Geographical Discovery and Exploration, 307).

Estimate: £300-£400