RAVENSTEIN, E. G., (Edited by). ~ The Strange Adventures of Andrew Battell of Leigh, in Angola and the Adjoining Regions. Reprinted from "Purchas his Pilgrimes ". Edited, with Notes and a Concise History of Kongo and Angola by E.G. Ravenstein.
London, Printed for The Hakluyt Society, 1901
Hakluyt Society, Second Series. No VI. 8vo [218 x 140 mm]; Pp. xx, 210, 20 [Adv. & publisher's Works Issued]. 2 coloured folding maps in rear pocket (General Map of Kongo and Angola; An Enlarged Map of Angola). Text Illustration (Zevera orZebra) , Head and tail pieces, Illustrated Initials. Publishers blue cloth with blind stamped ruling and decoration. Gilt device to upper board. Gilt lettering to spine. Spine slightly leaning and darkened. Some wear to spine ends and corners, which are also slightly bumped. Faint signs of removed label to bottom of spine. Signs of removed book plate and/or labels from front endpapers. Small Univ. Coll. embossed stamp to bottom edge of title page, and the odd foxing spot throughout, otherwise clean and sound. One blank section of the verso of each map toned where together in rear pocket, otherwise maps clean and bright looking. A good copy
Andrew Barttell and three other Englishman are known to have visited Angola towards the end of the 16th century. All four were taken by the Portuguese in South American waters and spent years in captivity as prisoners of war. Barttell left behind a rather circumstantial record of what he experienced in Kongo and Angola which has stood the test of time. It is unique as being the earliest record of travels in the interior of this part of Africa. (intro.)