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Book Description
Four manuscript diaries of a circumnavigation of Africa by a notable German physician Dr. Hermann Pfister of Freiburg who visited numerous coastal regions of colonial interest, with particular interest in the German colonies. 8vo. 4 Volumes, 412 pages in manuscript combined. Text is in German. Red pencil markings indicating noteworthy entries throughout. Brown cloth over continental boards, with manuscript title labels to front.
Dealer Notes
Dr. Hermann Pfister, born in 1870, is best remembered as a professor at the University of Freiburg, for his book on the anatomy of the brain, and a treatise on the mentally ill, both published in 1899, just prior to making this voyage to Africa. In the University of Freiburg's directory of 1899, he is listed as a privatdocenten (private professor), of the Medical Faculty. In the Annual directory of all German universities he is noted as the resident physician in the university's psychiatric clinic.
In a time when most people travelling to the African continent colonies were soldiers, naval forces and colonial administrators, involved in the Scramble for Africa, this notable physician and lecturer made a most uncommon circumnavigation from the Horn of Africa, the German East Africa, rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and visiting German West Africa before returning to Europe. The first volume is signed by the writer, who also includes his address, Sedanstraße 22 in Freiburg. Not far away on Sedanstraße is Platz der Universität (University Square).
Primary source manuscript diaries of most unusual character - being the account of a notable German medical doctor leaving his profession for 8 months to undertake a voyage to German colonies in East and West Africa when tensions between indigenous tribes and colonial oppressors during the Scramble for Africa were palpable even to those not directly involved, and arriving in South Africa one week before the end of the Second Boer War.
Volume 1 - "Rund um Afrika. Hamburg - Port Said"; Volume 2 - "Rund um Afrika. Port Said - Delagoa Bai" [Maputo Bay]; Volume 3 - "Rund um Afrika. Delagoa bai - Swakopmünd - Äqüator"; Volume 4 - "Rund um Afrika. Äqüator - Las Palmas - Hamburg".
Author Dr. Hermann Pfister
Date 1902

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