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FRENCH SHELDON (May)
FIRST FEMALE F.R.G.S.
FRENCH SHELDON (May) Sultan to Sultan.  Adventure among the Masai and other Tribes of East Africa, Arena Publishing, 1892
map and numerous illusts. roy.8vo, original cloth, head of spine restored, a little wear,
May French-Sheldon, "Bébé Bwana", was the first woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society because of the pioneering work on the previously unexplored Lake Chala. She was a scientist with medical training and her book is crammed full of facts laced with her own eccentric conceits. she travelled with 153 porters, an enormous cushioned wickerwork Palanquin, many thousands of rings engraved with her name that she presented to the natives, and not least her alpen stock which she brandished, with the pendant proclaiming "Noli me tangere".
£275.00   

Stock ref: 14313




 
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