Men and Creatures in Uganda


This book is a first-hand account of a trip taken by John Bland-Sutton (1855–1936) in 1910 from the port of Mombasa (present-day Kenya) to Uganda and back to the coast via the Rift Valley of Ethiopia and Kenya. Bland-Sutton was a distinguished British surgeon who did pioneering work in several areas of medicine. His interest in the natural sciences is reflected in his careful descriptions of the animals he observed, which included antelopes, gazelles, lions, crocodiles, and many species of birds. The book also provides descriptions of the Masai and Kikuyu peoples and their customs, an account of the Uganda Railway, and descriptions of Lake Victoria and of visits to Entebbe and Kampala (Mengo) in the Uganda Protectorate. Upon his return to England, Bland-Sutton published a lengthy account of his voyage under the title Man and Beast in Eastern Ethiopia (1911). Men and Creatures in Uganda is an abridged version of this work, with 94 wood engravings, published more than two decades later.

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Hutchinson & Co., London


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252 pages : illustrations, including maps ; 23 centimeters


  • From the Uganda Society. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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