BookLovers of Bath

Beautiful books… for beautiful people…

Travels of Alexine: Alexine Tinne, 1833-69 - Penelope Gladstone

London: John Murray, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is tanned on the verso. Boards a little faded. Pages lightly age-tanned. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank.

Illustrated by way of: Appendices [2]; Black & White Photographs; Maps [2];

From the cover: “Dr Livingstone, writing in his journal of the eminent explorers of the Nile stated ‘that none rises higher in my estimation than the Dutch lady, Miss Tinne. Alexine Tinne was a Dutch heiress who won recognition as an explorer by her journeys with her mother, Harriet, in the Sudan. Harriet, through her family, had close connections with the Court of King William III and Queen Sophia of the Netherlands. Alexine was both ambitious and intrepid, and when, in 1861, they made an epic Nile voyage to Khartoum, travelling by dahabiah and camel, they took with them a large retinue including menservants and two lady’s maids. On reaching Khartoum they hired the only steamer in the Sudan and made the first voyage ever up the White Nile to Gondokoro. Although Alexine was the leader on the journeys, it was Harriet who dealt with the immense administrative details; and many hardships had to be endured by all.

They then set out on a massive expedition to the Bahr-al-Ghaza country, west of the White Nile. In 1869 Alexine decided to cross the Sahara, the first woman to attempt this. In spite of her seventy camel caravan she was murdered by Tuaregs on a journey to reach Central Africa from the North. Her body was never discovered.

Alexine Tinne was a remarkable woman and her story is an extraordinary one. Penelope Gladstone has based her book on material from the Royal Archives in The Hague never fully investigated before, on Harriet’s journals and letters, and she has also had access to the Tinne family papers both in the Netherlands and in England.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 247 pages.
£9.50

This one has already found a new owner.