1799 Mungo Park Travels in AFRICA Mandingo Slaves Cannibalism Voyages Hunts

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Mungo Park was an 18th-century Scottish explorer who was well-known for his voyages in West Africa and the Niger River Basin. The reports and accounts of this voyage are still quite popular today amongst game hunters and navigation enthusiasts. The origin of this voyage came when Park sought to discover the source of the Niger River, a goal that Daniel Houghton had originally set out to find.

 

On his journey, Park encountered a group of Mandinka slaves – an encounter that inspired the work ‘Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa’. These slaves assumed Park and his men were cannibals and, like slave traders before them, were there to enslave, sell, and consume them. This book set the standard for future travels writers to follow and was important for providing Western Europeans with a view of life in Central Africa.

 

According to the Printing of the Mind and Man,

“Until the publication of Park’s [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas. Park’s Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value.”

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1799 Mungo Park Travels in AFRICA Mandingo Slaves Cannibalism Voyages Hunts

Mungo Park was an 18th-century Scottish explorer who was well-known for his voyages in West Africa and the Niger River Basin. The reports and accounts of this voyage are still quite popular today amongst game hunters and navigation enthusiasts. The origin of this voyage came when Park sought to discover the source of the Niger River, a goal that Daniel Houghton had originally set out to find.

 

On his journey, Park encountered a group of Mandinka slaves – an encounter that inspired the work ‘Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa’. These slaves assumed Park and his men were cannibals and, like slave traders before them, were there to enslave, sell, and consume them. This book set the standard for future travels writers to follow and was important for providing Western Europeans with a view of life in Central Africa.

 

According to the Printing of the Mind and Man,

“Until the publication of Park’s [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas. Park’s Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value.”

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PARK, Mungo

Travels in the interior of Africa: in the years 1795, 1796, & 1797

London: Crosby and Letterman, 1799. First abridged edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages

o   xvi, 218, [4]

o   2 full-page plates

  • References: PMM 253
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~9in X 5.75in (23cm x 14.5cm)

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7069

Categories

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

PARK, Mungo

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete