2 volumes, small 8vo (20x15 cms), 9+303 & 7+295 pages, folding map, engraved frontispiece : his famous account of Fernando Po (where he was British consul in 1861), a place he hated so spent much time on mainland West Africa; 2 volumes, original chocolate brown boards, bright gilt lettering, boards very slightly rubbed, the yellow original endpapers are present in each book, small neat repair to verso of map, largely uncut and unopened, a vg set of the FIRST EDITION.
First edition, the issue with Burton's name in gilt to the spines. Financial difficulties following his marriage to Isabel in 1861 led Burton to apply for and accept a minor consulship on the Spanish island of Fernando Po (Bioko, off Cameroon in West Africa). Wanderings in West Africa tells the story of Burton's voyage out to his new posting, with visits en route to Madeira, Tenerife, Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lagos, and elsewhere. Burton wished that his name be suppressed from the work: the attribution "By a F.R.G.S." hints at the controversy then raging between the author and the heads of the R.G.S. concerning the sources of the Nile. His consulship in Fernando Po proved of little interest as such to Burton, save in so far as it allowed him to travel in West Africa (see his Mission to Gelele and Abeokuta).
Author A F.R.G.S. (Richard Burton)
Binding Hardback, original bards
Publisher Tinsley Brothers
Illustrator Not Applicable
Condition Very Good
Pages 9+303 & 7+295 pages