Source of the Blue Nile
Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile
in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, & 1773. To which is prefixed a Life of the Author. Edinburgh and London Printed by James Ballantyne, for Archibald Constable & Co. and Manners and Miller; and T.N. Longman and O. Rees. 1804-1805
The Second edition, corrected and enlarged. Atlas in 4to, pp.16, 79 plates and 3 large folding maps, with seven 8vo text volumes, pp.ccclxviii, 159, , portrait frontis; viii, 497, ; viii, 531, ; viii, 402, frontis; viii, 512, frontis; viii, 549, ; iv, 436. Bound without half titles. A handsome set bound in full contemporary calf. A few hinges cracked, but firm. A little light spotting scattered throughout, but more prominent in volumes 1, 4, and 5 on title & frontis (see photo). Some boards a little scuffed. The atlas is lightly foxed throughout. One text leaf is detached and dog-eared (but present).
James Bruce, 1730-94, Scottish traveller and travel writer, spent twelve years in Ethiopia and the surrounding region. From Alexandria he travelled via Cairo and Thebes to Kossier and then sailed to Jidda before going on to Gondar. With his linguistic skills, courage and resourcefulness he made an excellent impression in Ethiopia where he remained for two years. He located the source of the Blue Nile in a spring at 9,500 feet, and returned following the river to its confluence with the White Nile. This work provides a valuable account of Ethiopia and its natural history, although at the time of publication it was received with disbelief.