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The Blue Nile Revealed — The Story of the Great Abbai Expedition, 1968 - Richard Snailham

Chatto & Windus, 1970, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper edgeworn and faded with tears at the spine ends, loss at the corners. Boards faded at the edges. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The mile-deep gorge made by the Blue Nile as it flows out of the highlands of North-West Ethiopia into the broad plains of the Sudan is one of the greatest natural features of the world. It remained virtually unexplored until 1968. That summer an expedition sponsored by the Army, the Daily Telegraph and the Royal Geographical Society, set out to investigate this gorge and to navigate 500 miles of the river — known in Ethiopia as the Great Abbai — 200 miles of which had not previously been visited by Europeans, except at occasional fording places. The expedition, led by Captain John Blashford Snell, R.E., was a major feat of exploration. The Great Abbai is a forbidding river, infested with crocodiles and riven by cataracts, and its passage required great courage and resourcefulness. The climax of the expedition, the penetration of the Northern gorge, was unhappily marked by the death of one of the members of the expedition by drowning, and two attacks by bandits. In these harsh conditions a group of scientists — mainly zoologists — were able to carry out a valuable scientific investigation of the area.
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 239
ISBN: 0701115297

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