First Footsteps in East Africa Or, an Exploration of Harar

First Footsteps in East Africa Or, an Exploration of Harar


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One of the great adventure classics. Victorian scholar-adventurer’s firsthand epic account of daring 1854 expedition to forbidden East African capital city. A treasury of detailed information on Muslim beliefs, manners and morals; plus pleasures and perils of the desert. A wealth of geographic, ethnographic and linguistic data.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486254753
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Memorial Edition

Preface to the First (1856) Edition   

1.-Departure from Aden

II.-Life in Zayla

III.-Excursions near Zayla

IV.-The Somal, their Origin and Peculiarities

V.-From Zayla to the Hills

VI.-From the Zayla Hills to the Marar Prairie

VII.-From the Marar Prairie to Harar

VIII.-Ten Days at Harar


VIII.-Ten Days at Harar (Contimted)

IX.-A Ride to Berberah

X.-Berberah and its Environs



I.-Lieutenant Speke's Diary

II.-Grammatical Outline and Vocabulary of the Harari Language 

III.-Lieutenant Herne's Meteorological Observations

IV.-On Infibulation (omitted)

V.-Account of Lieutenant Barker's Attempt to reach Harar 


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First Footsteps in East Africa: Or, An Exploration of Harar 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an account of the travels of Capt Burton in the Harar region of East Africa. The book is written in a very Victorian, descriptive manner that will be enjoyed by readers interested in Victorian African exploration. Burton was well known for his often vivid descriptions of native peoples and this volume is no exception.The reader is transformed into the region of Ethiopia/Northern Kenya in a unique way as Burton is disguised as an Arab trader. Readers will gain a good insight into what life was like in Victorian Harar and about the daily lives of the indigenous peoples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The exploration is exciting and informative. An E-book is more difficult to follow because the multitude of footnotes appear at the end of the chapters. At times, the story of the exploration digressed which was confusing to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A much superior digital rendering than any other 'free' ebooks offered of this title. A no-regrets purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago