A Historical and Philosophical Sketch of the Discoveries and Settlements of the Europeans in Northern & Western Africa, at the close of the Eighteenth Century.

  • [Leyden, John]
  • Edinburgh: Printed by J. Moir 1799
  • ESTC T113200.


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FIRST EDITION, 12mo, pp. xvi, 442. Contemporary calf, spine divided by raised bands. Some light spotting. A little rubbed, head of spine worn, front joint reinforced with glue and the hinge relined. Library stamp and cancellation overstamp to title-page (the former repeated on one later leaf), along with the same institution’s early ownership inscription and manuscript identification of the author.


A valuable compilation of recent explorers' accounts of Africa - including Park, Bruce, and others - made by the Scottish linguist John Leyden (1775-1811), who never actually set foot on the continent himself; this smaller-format volume made the discoveries more accessible than the large octavo or quarto illustrated official accounts.

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