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Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa

Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa

Alexander Falconbridge

Written by an abolitionist, this book is very interesting in the sense of the account it gives us, no matter how appalling we think those times were. The author tells us of things like the proceedings during the voyages, how the slaves were procured in the first place, their subsequent treatment, and how they were sold.

African Camp Fires

African Camp Fires

Stewart Edward White

African Camp Fires is a first hand account of a foot safari in Africa. The book describes various hunts and kills. White tells of the day-to-day experiences and difficulties of life in the African bush.

Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons

Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons

John McElroy

With over 130 illustrations, this is the complete 4 Volumes of Andersonville: A Story Of Rebel Military Prisons. The story is based upon John McElroy’s lengthy confinement in the Confederate Andersonville prison camp during the American Civil War.

A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson

A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson

Watkin Tench

Watkin Tench (6 October 1758 – 7 May 1833) was a British marine officer and part of the First Fleet, which established the first settlement in Australia in 1788. This book is one of two of his that provide an account of the arrival and the first four years of the colony.

De Profundis

De Profundis

Oscar Wilde

This is a letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas. During its first half Wilde recounts their previous relationship and extravagant lifestyle which eventually led to Wilde’s conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency. In the second half, Wilde charts his spiritual development in prison and…

Deshasheh, 1897

Deshasheh, 1897

W. M. Flinders Petrie

This is the 15th memoir of the Egypt Exploration Fund, and contains details of the expedition. Fully illustrated.

From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

H. P. Blavatsky

From the Caves and Jungles of Hindustan contains Blavatsky’s memories about living in India. The book is composed of essays written from 1879 to 1886 under the pen name “Radda-Bay”. They were first published in Moskovskie vedomosti, a newspaper edited by Mikhail Katkov, and attracted great interest among the readership. Katkov republished…

Great Explorations in Africa

J. T. Headley

The full title of this 1886 book is ‘Great Explorations in the Wilds of Africa including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s ‘Across Africa’, with these travelers marvelous accounts of fighting the natives, hunting the hippopotamus, elephant and…

Hospital Sketches

Hospital Sketches

Louisa May Alcott

Writing under a pseudonym, Alcott recounts the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War in Georgetown. A vivid and truthful portrait of an often overlooked aspect of the Civil War, this book remains among the most illuminating reports of the era’s medical practices as well as a moving…

In the Heart of Africa

In the Heart of Africa

Samuel W. Baker

A journal of a British explorer and big game hunter. Chapter subjects include: The Nubian Desert: Egypt’s Rule of the Soudan; The Arabs’ Exodus; Wives Among the Arabs; On the Abyssinian border; Sacred shrines and epidemics; The Hamran elephant-hunters; Abyssinian slave-girls; The Soudan under Egyptian rule; and more.

In Mesopotamia

Martin Swayne

An account of the author’s experiences in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), where he served in the army. Easy to read, with some pleasant illustrations by the author himself.

In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

Erskine Childers

In the Ranks of the C. I. V., is an account of Erskine Childers’ experiences in the Boer War. He wrote it without any thought of publication: while serving with the Honourable Artillery Company in southern Africa he composed many long, descriptive letters about his experiences to his two sisters. They, together with Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of George Smith of the publishing house Smith, Elder and a friend of the family, edited…

The Land of Midian (Revisited)

The Land of Midian (Revisited)

Richard Francis Burton

This is Volume II. Chapters include: The Unknown Lands South of the Hisma, Ruins of Shuwak and Shagab; From Shagab to Ziba, Ruins of El-Khandaki and Umm Amil, The Turquise Mine, Return to El-Muwaylah; A Week around and upon the Sharr Mountain, Resume of the March through Eastern or Central Midian; Down South, to El-Wijh, Notes on the Quarantine, the Hutaym Tribe; The Cruise to El-Haura, and more.

The Last Journals of David Livingstone Volume I

The Last Journals of David Livingstone Volume I

Horace Waller

Volume I of II. This book is made up of David Livingstone’s journals from 1865 up until his death. It is then carried on by his servants, or as the book puts it; ‘continued by a narrative of his last moments and sufferings obtained from his faithful servants’. It’s a fascinating insight into Livingstone’s travels, as he writes about the things he saw, illnesses that struck, slavery and more.

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