Cairo to Kisumu: Egypt-Sudan-Kenya Colony


Cairo to Kisumu: Egypt-Sudan-Kenya Colony was the fifth in a series of books known as Carpenter’s World Travels, written by Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) in the 1920s and published by the Garden City, New York, firm of Doubleday, Page & Company. Carpenter was an American author of books on travel and world geography whose geographical readers were popular in American schools in the early 20th century. Cairo to Kisumu is not an account of a single journey, but a composite based on the notes Carpenter made on several trips to Africa over many years. Included are chapters on Egypt, Sudan, the Suez Canal, transport on the Red Sea, Aden (in present-day Yemen), the port of Mombasa, the Uganda Railway, Nairobi, big-game hunting, the British role in East Africa, and the African peoples, including the Kikuyu and the Masai. Carpenter’s books reflected the prejudices and preconceptions of his day, but they brought knowledge of the wider world to many Americans. The Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress consists of the photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings. It includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives.

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Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City, New York


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xiv pages : 1 leto, 313 pages, frontispiece, plates, illustrations, folding maps ; 24 centimeters

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