An African adventure story

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Edinburgh : University Press


Bruce's story remains one of the quintessential African adventure stories, and was eagerly expected by contemporary readers. Bruce took sixteen years to publish his account, by which time Mungo Park and others had brought back further information and survived even greater hardships, but it was still a success even in its large, 5-volume format.

This particular edition is an abridgement of the 1804/5 Edinburgh second edition. It was printed in 1964 by the same printing firm, T. & A. Constable, that printed the original. It would be nice to think that the success of Bruce's story at the beginning of the nineteenth century put the firm on the sound footing that ensured its future. Certainly there was still a demand for Bruce's account more than 150 years later.


Travels to discover the source of the Nile.




Bruce, James, 1730-1794, “An African adventure story,” | OUR Heritage, accessed July 20, 2024,