British Somaliland. With 74 Illustrations from Photographs on Art Paper, Other Illustrations And a Map.
London, Hurst & Blackett, 1912. 14.5 cm x 22.5 cm. X, 334 pges, 74 illustrations on 49 plates. Fold-out map at rear showing British Somaliland. Hardcover [publisher’s original blue cloth] with gilt lettering on spine. Pictorial and patterned design embossed on front board. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Slight bumps to lower board corners. Discreet bookseller’s label on front pastedown (Newbold’s Bookshop Ltd. – 289 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand).
Includes, for example, the following: Zeyla / Berbera / Bulhar / The Somali Race / Somali Ethnology / The ‘Mad’ Mullah / The Flora and Fauna etc. Appendix includes, for example: A Collection of ther Flora of British Somaliland together with their Vernacular Names / Notes on the Myrrh, Frankincense and Bdelliums of Somaliland etc.
Author is also the author of “Mammals of Somaliland.”
A good expample of the colonialist literature that shaped perceptions of the lands and peoples over which Britain ruled – formally and/or informally. Drake-Brockman, in the preface, tells the reader that the “Somali is a child, and like a child will try his tricks on anyone, irrespective of his position or nationality, rendering it necessary to watch him constantly…. Prompt action, be it just or unjust, is the only form of treatment he can appreciate.”