First Footsteps in East Africa; or, An exploration of Harar.

by Richard Francis Burton.

Also contains material by John Hanning Speke, edited by Richard Burton.

  • First edition of 1856 in one volume.
    Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London.
    Four color lithographed plates, two maps, and seven illustrations in the text. 8vo.

Very rare alternative bindings of the first edition exist with an appendix which was omitted from most copies.  This is Appendix IV, containing descriptions of female circumcision, still practiced in the region today. 

PDF Page images.

HTML Transcription (much improved from the version at etext.library.adelaide.edu.au).

  • Memorial edition of 1893 in two volumes.

Volume 1.  PDF Page images.
Volume 2.  PDF Page images.

The colour plates from the book are reproduced below courtesy of Jeff Moore.

The "Hammal".

Costumes of Harar.

Harar from the Coffe Stream.

H. H. Ahmed Bin Abibakr, Amir of Harar.