africa map
From: Compendio dal theatro del mondo di Abrahamo Ortelio. 1612.

Supplement from the Rare Book Collection

The following are a few selected titles from the Rare Book Collection, dating from before 1900. They are arranged under very loose headings and chronologically from the most recent to the oldest. Pay particular attention to the subject headings and the call numbers. A difficulty in searching for African material in the Rare Book Collection is that it is scattered throughout and can be difficult to locate by any one method. The cataloging may not be consistent; note that there are no subject headings assigned to the 1753 Houston volume under Description & travel, nor for the biography of Sancho. Keyword searching is strongly recommended, as is using date and library location limits.



Sancho, Ignatius, 1729-1780.
Letters of the late Ignatius Sancho, an African.
2d ed.
London, J. Nichols, 1783.
2 v. in 1. plate, port. 19 cm.
Sancho, Ignatius, 1729-1780.
Jekyll, Joseph, 1784-1837.
826.6 S211l 1783

Gronniosaw, James Albert Ukawsaw.
A narrative of the most remarkable particulars in the life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African prince, as related by himself.
4th edition.
Bath : Printed and sold by S. Hazard, 1770.
48 p. 17 cm.
Gronniosaw, James Albert Ukawsaw.
248.24092 G876g


Bertrand, Alfred, 1856-
Au pays des Ba-Rotsi, Haut-Zambeze: voyage d'exploration en Afrique et retour par les chutes Victoria, le Matebeleland, le Transvaal, Natal, le Cap. Ouvrage illustre de 105 gravures et de deux cartes.
Paris, Hachette, 1898.
3 p. l., 331, [4] p. incl. illus., plates. front. (port.) 2 fold. maps 28cm.
Lozi (African people)
South Africa--Description and travel.
916.804 B548a

Mattei, Antoine.
Bas-Niger, Benoue Dahomey / par le Commandant Mattei.
Grenoble : Impr. E. Vallier, 1890.
xv, 198 p., 57 plates : ill., maps (fold) ; 25 cm.
Ethnology--Africa, West.
Niger River--Description and travel.
Benue River Valley (Cameroon and Nigeria)--Description and travel.
Benin--Description and travel.
Africa, West--Commerce--History.
DT360 .M371 1890

Giraud, Victor, 1858-1898.
Les lacs de l'Afrique equatoriale; voyage d'exploration execute de 1883 a 1885, par Victor Giraud ... Ouvrage contenant 161 gravures d'apres les dessins de Riou et 2 cartes.
Paris, Hachette et cie, 1890.
3 p. l., 604 p. incl. front. (port.) illus., plates, maps 29 cm.
Africa, Central--Description and travel.
DT361 .G521 1890

Stanley, Henry M (Henry Morton), 1841-1904.
The Congo and the founding of its free state;
New York, Harper & brothers, 1885.
2 v. fronts., illus., plates. ports., maps (partly fold.) plan. 23 cm.
Kongo Kingdom--Description & travel
Congo (Democratic Republic)--History
967.5 S787c

Grant, James Augustus, 1827-1892.
A walk across Africa; or, Domestic scenes from my Nile journal, by James Augustus Grant.
Edinburgh, London, W. Blackwood and sons, 1864.
2 p. l., [vii]-xviii, 452, [1] p. fold. map. 22 cm.
Africa, East--Description and travel.
DT365 .G76

Andersson, Charles John, 1827-1867.
Lake Ngami; or, Explorations and discoveries during four years' wanderings in the wilds of southwestern Africa. By Charles John Andersson. With numerous illustrations, representing sporting adventures, subjects of natural history, devices for destroying wild animals, &c.
New York, Harper & brothers, 1856.
xviii, [19]-521 p. [1] l. front., illus. 20 cm.
South Africa--Description and travel.
Ngamiland District (Botswana)--Description and travel.
DT731 .A53 1856

Wahlen, Auguste, 1785-1850.
Mohurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde, d'apres des documents authentiques et les voyages des plus recents;
Bruxelles, Librairie historique-artistique, 1843-44.
4 v. col. plates. 27 cm.
Manners and customs
390 W137m

Kay, Stephen.
Travels and researches in Caffraria: describing the character, customs, and moral condition of the tribes inhabiting that portion of southern Africa: with historical and topographical remarks illustrative of the state and prospects of the British settlement in its borders, the introduction of Christianity, and the progress of civilization.
New-York, Harper & brothers, 1834.
1 p.l., [v]-ix, [1], [11]-428 p. front., plates, fold. map. 19 cm.
916.803 K23t

Jameson, Robert, 1774-1854.
Narrative of discovery and adventure in Africa : from the earliest ages to the present time with illustrations of the geology, mineralogy and zoology / by Professor Jameson, James Wilson and Hugh Murray.
New York : J. & J. Harper, 1832.
x, [11]-359 p. : front. (fold. map) illus., plates. ; 16 cm.
Harper's family library
At head of title: "Harper's stereotype edition."
Natural history--Africa.
Africa--Discovery and exploration.
Africa--Description and travel.
Wilson, James, 1795-1856, joint author.
Murray, Hugh, 1779-1846, joint author.
DT5 .J3 1832

Morao, Joaquim Cesar de Figaniere e.
Descripcao de Serra Leoa e seus contornos. Escripta em doze cartas. A qual se ajuntao os trabalhos da commissao-mixta portugueza e ingleza, estabelecida naquella colonia.
Lisboa, J.B. Morando, 1822.
97 p.
Sierra Leone--Description and travel.
966.4 F471d

Tuckey, J[ames] K[ingston], 1776-1816.
Narrative of an expedition to explore the river Zaire, usually called the Congo, in South Africa, in 1816, under the direction of Captain J. K. Tuckey, R. N. To which is added, the journal of Professor Smith; and some general observations on the country and its inhabitants.
New-York, W. B. Gilley, 1818.
4 p.l., lxxxi p., 1 l., [85]-410 p. front. (fold. map) illus. 22 cm.
Congo (Democratic Republic)--Description and travel
Smith, Christen.
916.7 T898n

Park, Mungo, 1771-1806.
The journal of a mission to the interior of Africa
Philadelphia Published by Edward Earle. 1815.
1 p.l., [v]-xiii p., 1 l., 302 p. illus. 22 cm.
Africa--Discovery and exploration.
Whishaw, John, 1764?-1840, ed.
916.042 P236j

African Institution (London, England)
London, 1808-[1828?]
1st-27th, 1807-1827.
Slave trade--Africa.
LIBRARY HAS: v.12, 15, 18-19
326.1 A258r

Dalzel, Archibald
The history of Dahomy, an inland kingdom of Africa; comp. from authentic memoirs; with an introduction and notes. By Archibald Dalzel.
London, Author, 1793.
xxvi, 230 p. front. (fold. map) VI pl. 29 cm.
966.801 D153h

Le Vaillant, Francois, 1753-1824.
Voyage de M. Le Vaillant dans l'interieur de l'Afrique, par le cap de Bonne-Esperance, dans les annees 1780, 81, 82, 83, 84 & 85.
Paris, Leroy, libraire, 1790.
2 v. plates (part col.) 27 cm.
Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)--Description and travel.
DT843 .L56

Houstoun, James, b ca 1690.
The works of James Houstoun, M. D., containing memoirs of his life and travels in Asia, Africa, America, and most parts of Europe. From the year 1690 to the present time. Giving a particular account of the Scotch expedition to Darien in America ... the rise, progress, and fall of the two great trading African and South-Sea companies; the late expedition to the Spanish West-Indies; the taking and restitution of Cape-Breton. Some curious anecdotes of the Spanish court ...
London, Printed for the author; 1753.
xviii, 435 p. 20 cm.
940.25 H843

Dralse de Grandpierre.
Relation de divers voyages faits dans l'Afrique, dans l'Amerique, & aux Indes Occidentales. La description du royaume de Juda, & quelques particularitez touchant la vie du roy regnant. La relation d'une isle nouvellement habitee dans le detroit de Malaca en Asie, & l'histoire de deux princes de Golconde. Par le sieur Dralse de Grand-Pierre ...
Paris, C. Jombert, 1718.
5 p. l., 352 p. 16 cm.
"Relation d'une isle nouvellement habitee ... par le R. P. [Maximilien] missionnaire" p. 297-352.
Latin America--Description and travel.
Africa--Description and travel.
Malacca, Strait of.
918 D763r

[Churchill, Awnsham], d. 1728, comp.
A collection of voyages and travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts. Others translated out of foreign languages, and now first published in English. To which are added some few that have formerly appear'd in English, but do now for their excellency and scarceness deserve to be reprinted. In four volumes. With a general preface, giving an account of the progress of navigation, from its first beginning ... the whole illustrated with a great number of useful maps, and cuts, all engraven on copper ...
London, Printed for A. and J. Churchill, 1704.
4 v. front. (port. v.2) illus., plates (part double, part fold.) maps (part fold.) 33 cm.
Compiled by Awnsham and John Churchill.
Voyages and travels.
Churchill, John, fl. 1695, joint comp.
910.4 C563c Oversize

Recueil de divers voyages faits en Afrique et en l'Amerique, qui n'ont point este' encore publiez ... Le tout enrichi de figures. & de cartes geographiques ...
Paris, L. Billaine, 1674.
8 p.l., 262, 35, 23, 49 p., 1 l., 81 (i.e. 83) p. plates. 5 maps (4 fold.) fold. plans. 25 cm.
Voyages and travels.
Justel, Henri, 1620-1693, ed.
910.4 R311

Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616.
Principal navigations
The principal navigations, voiages, traffiques and discoveries of the English nation, made by sea or over-land, to the remote and farthest distant quarters of the earth, at any time within the compasse of these 1500 yeeres, devided into three severall volumes, according to the positions of the regions, whereunto they were directed ...
London, Imprinted by G. Bishop, R. Newberie and R. Barker, 1598-1600.
3 v. in 2. map. 29 cm.
References: STC 12626
References: H.P. Kraus. Sir Francis Drake; a pictorial biography, 1970, p. 203, no. 30.
Continuation of title of v.1: ... Whereunto is annexed also a briefe commentarie of the true state of Island, and of the northren [sic] seas and lands situate that way. And lastly, the memorable defeate of the Spanish huge armada, anno 1588, and the famous victorie atchieved at the Citie of Cadiz, 1596, are described. By Richard Hakluyt.
Vol. 2 has title: The second volume of the principal navigations ... to the south and south-east parts of the world, at any time within the compasse of these 1600 yeres ...
Vol. 3 has title: The third and last volume of the voyages ... of the English nation, and in some few places, where they have not been, of strangers, performed within and before the time of these hundred yeeres, to all parts of ... America ... Together with the two ... voyages of Sir Francis Drake and M. Thomas Candish round about the circumference of the whole earth, and divers other voyages intended and set forth for that course.
Many errors in paging.
Several of the contents are translations accompanied by original texts.
Includes original ed. of the Earl of Essex's Voyage to Cadiz (v.1, p. 607-619) which was suppressed by order of Queen Elizabeth on the disgrace of Essex.
Imperfect: map referred to in pref. wanting.
Voyages and travels.
Discoveries in geography--English.
G240 .H144


Blome, Richard, d. 1705.
A geographical description of the four parts of the world taken from the notes and workes of the famous Monsieur Sanson, geographer to the French king, and other eminent travellers and authors. To which are added the commodities, coyns, weights, and measures of the chief places of traffick in the world; compared with those of England, (or London) as to the trade thereof. Also, a treatise of travel, and another of traffick. The whole illustrated with variety of useful and delightful mapps and figures. By Richard Blome.
London, Printed by T. N. for R. Blome, and are also sold by N. Brooks, E. Brewster, and T. Basset, 1670.
5 p. l., [461] p. col. pl., 25 fold. maps. 43 cm.
Five parts, separately paged, but with continuous signatures.
Great Britain--Commerce.
Sanson, Nicolas, 1600-1667.
910 B653g Oversize

Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598.
Theatrum orbis terrarum. Italian
Compendio dal theatro del mondo di Abrahamo Ortelio.
In Anversa,: Si vende nella Libraria Plantiniana, M.DC.XII. [1612]
8 p. l., 106 [3 l., 3 blank l., 1 l.], 12 l., [1 l., 2 blank l.] : ill., coat of arms, [3], 106, 12 maps ; 14 x 19 cm.
Dedication signed: "Gioanni. Bapta. Vrientio."
"Questo Theatro piccolo d'Abrahamo Ortelio, Cosmographo Regio, tradotto in Italiano da Giouanni Paulet d'Anuersa ... a di xii. di Nouembre. 1592.":--Verso P5.
910 O737tIp 1612


Le Senegal : organisation politique, administration, finances, travaux publics / notice redigee par les soins du Service local de la colonie ; ouvrage accompagne de nombreuses cartes, plans et graphiques.
Paris : A. Challamel, 1900.
430 p., [15] fold. leaves of plates : ill., 1 fold. chart, 7 fold. col. maps, 7 fold. plans ; 23 cm.
Librairie maritime et coloniale
Exposition universelle de 1900. Les colonies francaises.
France. Commission chargee de preparer la participation du Ministere des colonies a l'Exposition universelle de 1900. Colonies francaises.
Senegal. Service local.
Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris, France)
325.344 F8151c

Loureiro, Manoel Jose Gomes, 1768-1855.
Memorias dos estabelecimentos portuguezes a l'este do Cabo da Boa Esperanca / pelo conselheiro Manoel Jose Gomes Loureiro.
Lisboa : Typographia de Felippe Nery, 1835.
vii, 469 p. : fold. charts ; 22 cm.
"Regimento das communidades das tres provincias de Salcete, Ilhas de Goa, e Bardez": p. [31]-80.
Portuguese--Africa, East.
DT365 .L69

Great Britain. Colonial Office.
Return to an address of The Honourable The House of Commons, dated 29 June 1827 ; - for copies or extracts of any correspondence which may have recently passed between His Majesty's government and Radama, the sovereign chief of Madagascar / [ordered, by The House of Commons, to be printed, 1 May 1828]
[London?] : House of Commons, 1828.
3 p. ; 34 cm.
Copies or extracts of any correspondence which may have recently passed between ...
Correspondence between His Majesty's government and the sovereign chief of Madagascar: 1826, 1827
Madagascar correspondence
At head of title: Madagascar.
Radama, II, King of Madagascar, 1830-1863.
DT469.M326 G741 1828 Oversize


Foa, Edouard, 1862-1901.
Chasses aux grands fauves pendant la traversee du continent noir du Zambeze au Congo francais.
Paris : Librairie Plon, 1900.
xii, 352 p. : ill., fold. col. map, port., ; 24 cm.
Hunting--Africa, Central.
Africa, Central--Description and travel.
799.296724 F649c4

Baldwin, William Charles.
African hunting from Natal to the Zambesi, including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert, etc., from 1852 to 1860. By William Charles Baldwin.
New York, Harper & brothers, 1863.
x p., 1 l., [13]-397 p. incl. front., illus., plates. fold map. 19 cm.
Hunting--South Africa.
South Africa--Description and travel.
SK251 .B19 1863


Last, J. T. (Joseph Thomas)
Polyglotta Africana orientalis; or a comparative collection of two hundred and fifty words and sentences in forty-eight languages and dialects spoken south of the Equator and additional words in nineteen languages. by J. T. Last.
London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge [pref. 1885]
xii, 239 p. : map ; 17 cm..
"The languages and dialects collected represent three distinct groups, the Bantu, Nuba-Fullah, and the Malay." - Introd.
African languages--Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
PL8009 .L371 1885

Kolbe, F. W.
The vowels, their primeval laws and bearing upon the formation of roots in Herero, a dialect of South-West Africa / by the Rev. F. W. Kolbe.
Cape Town : J. C. Juta, 1869.
ii, 32 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
Herero language--Vowels.
PL8241 .K641 1869

Bleek, William Heinrich Immanuel, 1827-1875.
A comparative grammar of South African languages, by W. H. I Bleek ...
London, Trubner & co., 1862-69.
2 v. 23 cm.
Facsim. reprint of the 1862 ed.
pt. I. Phonology.--pt. II. The concord: section 1. The noun.
Khoikhoi language--Grammar.
Bantu languages--Grammar.
South Africa--Languages.
PL8019 .B51 1862

Raban, John.
A vocabulary of the Eyo, or Aku, a dialect of western Africa / compiled by John Raban.
London : Printed for the Church-Missionary Society by Richard Watts, 1830.
34 p. ; 14 cm.
Holographic inscription by the author: "With the Christian regards of the compiler," on flyleaf.
Yoruba language.
PL8821 .R321 1830

Marsh, Herbert, 1757-1839.
A history of the translations which have been made of the scriptures : from the earliest to the present age, throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, composed chiefly with the view of ascertaining in how many new languages the British and Foreign Bible Society has been the means of preaching the gospel ... / by Herbert Marsh.
London : Printed by Law and Gilbert, 1812.
vii, 120 p. ; 22 cm.
British and Foreign Bible Society.

Cannecattim, Bernardo Maria de.
Diccionario da lingua bunda, ou angolense, explicada na portugueza, e latina, composto por fr. Bernardo Maria de Cannecattim.
Lisboa, Na Impressao regia, 1804.
3 p. l, ix, 720, [2] p. 22 cm.
Portuguese language--Dictionaries--Latin.
Portuguese language--Dictionaries--Kimbundu.
PL8381.Z5 C3


Broadbent, Samuel.
A narrative of the first introduction of Christianity amongst the Barolong tribe of Bechuanas, South Africa : with a brief summary of the subsequent history of the Wesleyan Missions to the same people / by Samuel Broadbent.
London : Wesleyan Mission House, 1865.
202 p. ; 17 cm.
Wesleyan Methodist Church--Missions--Botswana.
Rolong (African people)--Missions.
266.7168 B863n

Krapf, J. L. (Johann Ludwig), 1810-1881
Travels, researches, and missionary labours, during an eighteen years' residence in Eastern Africa.
London, Trubner and co., 1860.
li p., 1 l., 566 p. front. (port.) col. plates, 2 fold. maps. 22 cm.
Africa, East--Description and travel.
Ravenstein, Ernest George, 1834-1913.
916.7 K89t

Meroke, or, Missionary life in Africa / rev. by T.J. Bowen.
Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, c 1858.
207 p., l13) leaves of plates : ill. ; 16 cm.
Yoruba (African people)--Missions.
Missions--Africa, Central.
Bowen, T. J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1814-1875.
American Sunday-School Union.
BV3630.Y6 M471 1858

Arbousset, [Jean] T[homas], b 1810.
Relation d'un voyage d'exploration au nord-est de la colonie du Cap de Bonne-Esperance. English.
Narrative of an exploratory tour to the north-east of the colony of the Cape of Good Hope.
London, J. C. Bishop; [etc., etc.] 1852.
xvi, [17]-453, [1] p. fold. map. 17 cm.
Missons--Africa, Southern.
Africa, Southern--Description and travel.
Brown, John Croumbie, tr.
916.804 A666rEb


Bolus, Harry, 1835-1911.
Icones orchidearum austro-africanarum extra-tropicarum; or, Figures, with descriptions, of extra-tropical South African orchids. By Harry Bolus.
London, W. Wesley & son, 1893-1911.
2 v. illus., plates (part col.) 25 cm.
Botany--South Africa.
96.21 B694i

Bryden, H. A. (Henry Anderson), 1854-1937.
Kloof and karroo: Sport, legend and natural history in Cape Colony, with a notice of the game birds, and of the present distribution of antelopes and larger game. By H.A. Bryden...
London and New York, Longmans, Green and co., 1889.
xiii p., l 1., 435, [1] p. front., plates. 22 cm.
"Portions of this book have already appeared as articles in the Field newspaper, St. James's gazette, Globe, Home work, Surbiton review, and Chamberss journal."
Natural history--South Africa--Cape of Good Hope.
Game and game-birds--South Africa--Cape of Good Hope.
Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)--Description and travel.
DT827 .B8 1889

Decken, Carl CLaus, baron von der.
Baron Carl Claus von der Deckens reisen in Ost-Afrika in den jahren 1859 bis 1865. Hrsg. im auftrage der mutter des reisenden, furstin Adelheid von Pless.
Leipzig und Heidelberg, C. F. Winter, 1869-79.
4 v. in 6. front. (port.) plates (part col.) fold maps, tab., charts. 27.5 cm.
Vol. 1, 1869; v. 3, 1869-79; v. 4, 1870.
Each volume has both general and special t.-p.
Erzahlender theil: 1.-2. bd. bearb. von O. Kersten. Wissenschaftlicher theil: 3. bd., 1. abt. Saugethiere und amphibien, bearb. von W. C. H. Peters. Vogel, von J. Cabanis. Mullusken, von E. V. Seesterne und seeigel, von E. von Martens.-3. bd., 2. abt. Gliederthiere (Insekten, arachniden, myriopoden und isopoden) von A. Gerstaecker.-3. bd., 3. abt. Geologie, von A. Sadebeck. Beitrage zur botanik: Algae, von W. Sonder. Musci, von P. G. Lorentz. Cryptogamae vasculares, von M. Kuhn. Cyperaceae, von O. Boeckeler. Iridaceae, Lobeliaceae, Plantaginaceae, und Compositae, von F. W. Klatt. Algae roscherianae, von W. Sonder. Meteorologie von Sansibar, von O. Kersten. Astronomische, geodatische und hohenmessungen im mittleren Ostafrika, bearb. von O. Kersten. Magnetische beobachtungen im mitteleren Ostafrika, von O. Kersten. Tabellarische uebersicht der geschichte Ostafrikas, hauptsachlich nach Guillains Documents sur lhistoire ... de lAfrique orientale, bearb. von O. Kersten...
Natural history--Africa, East.
Kersten, Otto, editor.
Reisen in Ost-Afrika in den jahren 1859 bis 1865.
500.90962 D295r

Hooker, William Jackson, Sir, 1785-1865.
Niger flora; or, An enumeration of the plants of western tropical Africa, collected by the late Dr. Theodore Vogel, botanist to the voyage of the expedition sent by Her Britannic Majesty to the river Niger in 1841, under the command of Capt. H. D. Trotter, R.N., &c.; including Spicilegia gorgonea, by P. B. Webb, esq., and Flora nigritiana, by Dr. J. D. Hooker ... and George Bentham, esq. with a sketch of the life of Dr. Vogel. Ed. by Sir W. J. Hooker ... With two views, a map, and fifty plates.
London, H. Bailliere; [etc., etc.] 1849.
xv, 587 p. 52 pl. (incl. front.) map. 23 cm.
Botany--Africa, West
Vogel, Theodore, 1812-1841
Webb, Philip Barker, 1793-1854
Hooker, Joseph Dalton, Sir, 1817-1911
Bentham, George, 1800-1884
Plants of western tropical Africa.
452.62 H784n

Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de, 1707-1788.
Natural history, general and particular, by the Count de Buffon. Translated into English. Illustrated with three hundred and one copper-plates, and occasional notes and observations by the translator.
London, Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell; Edinburgh, W. Creech, 1781.
8 v. 301 plates (part fold.) 22 cm.
Translated by William Smellie.
Natural history.
Smellie, William, 1740-1795
574 B929hEs

Royal Society (Great Britain)
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London.
London, Royal Society of London.
v. 1-177; 1665/66-1886.
During suspension of publication: Philosophical collections were issued.
Continued by: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. A, and: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. B.
Suspended between v. 12 and v. 13.
Vols. 1-46, 1665-1750, issued as no. 1-497.
Issues for 1792-1852 have no vol. designations but constitute vols. 82-142.
Indexes: Vols. 1-12, 1665/66-1677, with v. 12; Vols. 12-17, 1678-93, in v. 17; Vols. 1-70, 665/66-1780. 1 v.; Vols. 71-110, 1780-1820. 1 v.; Vols. 111-120, 1821-30. 1 v.; Vols. 129-151. 1 v.
506 R888ph

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