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The Nile without a Dragoman

The Nile without a Dragoman

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108081979


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  • In the second half of the nineteenth century, accounts of journeys down the Nile became increasingly common. This 1871 narrative by Frederic Eden (1828–1916), an invalid who later published a famous account of his Venice garden, describes how, sent to Egypt for his health in 1869, but unable to afford the normal European resource of a 'dragoman' (an Egyptian guide and factotum for travel, food and all negotiations with the natives), he rented a river boat (with crew including a cook) from a friend in Alexandria. He sailed to Wadi Halfa (now in Sudan), traditionally the furthest point in a Nile expedition, and then back down the river, with rowers providing the necessary power against the prevailing wind. An otherwise conventional account is enlivened by details, drawn from Eden's experience, of the money, information, 'provisions and other articles of outfit' needed for making the journey without a dragoman.

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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108081979
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory
    2. Alexandria
    3. The fit out
    4. Fresh provisions
    5. Alexandria to head of Delta
    6. Cairo
    7. Cairo to Minieh
    8. Miniet to Sioot
    9. Sioot to Keneh
    10. Keneh to Esné
    11. Esné to Assouan
    12. Assouan to Philae
    13. Philae to Korosco
    14. Korosco to Wadi Halfeh
    15. Wadi Halfeh to Philae
    16. The descent of the cataract
    17. Assouan to Thebes
    18. Luxor to Girgeh
    19. Girgeh to Sioot
    20. Sioot to Cairo
    21. Cairo to Alexandria.

  • Author

    Frederic Eden

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