Select specimens of natural history collected in travels to discover the source of the Nile, Egypt, Arabia, Abyssinia and Nubia. Scottish explorer and travel writer, Bruce also held considerable skills as a draughtsman. After serving an appointment as British consul to Algiers, he was determined to find the source of the Nile. The result was an arduous journey, ending in Ethiopia, where the athletic 6’4”, handsome-faced Scotsman won the favour of the Ethiopian regime. The result was a valuable description of that country, then remote to Europeans, as well as his final triumph – reaching the source of the Blue Nile.
James Bruce. Printed for G. J. and J. Robinson, 1790. Layton Collection 12587