GRAY, Major William
Travels in Western Africa, in the years 1818, 19, 20, and 21, from the River Gambia, through Woolli, Bondoo, Galam, Kasson, Kaarta, and Foolidoo, to the River Niger.
London: 1825. Octavo. [iii]-xv,,413pp. 14 plates (10 aquatints, 4 lithographs), 1 folding map. (Lacks the half title, light spotting to frontispiece and title).
Modern half calf over marbled paper-covered boards, the spine with raised bands, leather label
First edition of this account of a British exploring expedition whose goal was to explore the interior of Africa starting on the western coast with the goal of locating the source of the Niger River.
The text describes the local scenery and populace, and the plates show native costumes, villages, local flora; one plate shows eight musical instruments. The author's final chapter discusses slavery and the nature of the African race in general.
Abbey Travel 282; Gay 2899.