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

Travels of Alexine: Alexine Tinne, 1833-69 by Penelope Gladstone soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: John Murray, 1970, Hardback in dust wrapper.

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 ladys 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 Harriets journals and letters, and she has also had access to the Tinne family papers both in the Netherlands and in England.

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.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 247 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I lure you to view a further assortment hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Biography catalogue?

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