Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa from the Journal of an Expedition by Henry Barth Circa 1885 John E. Potter and Company

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Journey through the heart of Africa with Henry Barth's Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa. The extraordinary expeditions of Barth, a pioneering explorer and scholar, are detailed in this captivating edition, which John E. Potter and Company published around 1885.


  • Title: Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa
  • Author: Henry (Heinrich) Barth
  • Estimated Publication Date: ca. 1885
  • Publisher: John E. Potter and Company
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 538
  • Dimensions: 8x5x1 inches
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Wear on the cover, split on the front and back book boards (as shown in photos)

Key Elements:

  • Barth's journey, starting in 1849, was a groundbreaking expedition aimed at opening Africa's interior for trade and studying slavery. His travels, which spanned from Lake Chad in the east to Timbuktu in the west, offer a unique historical perspective on the region during the mid-19th century.
  • As one of the first Europeans to utilize oral traditions for historical research, Barth's studies in various African languages and insights into the civilizations he encountered are both pioneering and enlightening.
  • Enhanced with many woodcut illustrations, this volume not only narrates but visually depicts the landscapes, people, and experiences encountered, adding depth to Barth's detailed descriptions.
  • This hardcover book, despite its wear and split boards, is a testament to the spirit of exploration and scholarly inquiry, making it a valuable addition to any collection of historical travel literature.
  • Immerse yourself in the adventures and discoveries of Henry Barth as he traverses the diverse and rich landscapes of North and Central Africa.


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In Summation:

Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa is not just a book; it's a window into a bygone era of exploration. It’s an essential read for anyone interested in African history, exploration, and the evolution of ethnographic study.

Explore Africa's Rich History: 

Seize the chance to own this enlightening account of African exploration. Purchase your copy of Travels & Discoveries in North and Central Africa today and embark on a journey through history and culture with Henry Barth.


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