Peters, Die Deutsche Emin Pascha-Expedition. Mit 32 Vollbildern und 66 Textabbildungen von Rudolf Hellgrewe in Berlin, dem Portrait des Verfassers nach Franz von Lenbach und einer Karte in Farbendruck.
Zweites Tausend. München und Leipzig, Druck und Verlag von R. Oldenbourg, 1891. 16 cm x 23 cm. Frontispiece, VI, 560 pages. Large fold-out map within sleeve of rear pastedown showing the “Emin Pascha Expedition.” / Mit der grossformatigen Faltkarte in Kartentasche (im hinteren Einbanddeckel). Hardcover [publisher’s original green cloth] with gilt lettering and pictorial on spine. Large pictorial on front board. Beautifully illustrated pastedowns and endpapers. Maroon coloured text-block edges. / Originaler, illustrierter Verlagsleinenband mit sehr dekorativer Einbanddeckel- und Einband-Ruecken-Illustration. Very good+ condition with only minor signs of external wear. Ex libris of Mark Walder on front pastedown. University stamp on p.IV. Discreet bookseller’s label of ‘R. Oldenbourg, München’, at bottom corner of rear pastedown. Some browning to reverse of fold-out map. Interior is bright and clean with sharp corners. / Sehr guter Zustand mit nur geringen Gebrauchsspuren. Ganz kleiner Einriss am Vorsatzpapier.
Includes / Enthaelt u.a.: In Zanzibar und im Blockadegebiet / Im Sultanat Wiku / Durch die Massais ueber das Leikipia-Plateau zum Baringosee / Vom Baringo zum Victoria-Nyansa-Gebiet / In Uganda / Um den Victoria Nyansa nach Usukuma / Bei den Gallas in Oda-Boro-Ruwa etc.
Explorer, journalist, advocate and philosopher of Weltpolitik Carl Peters (1856-1918) ranked among Germany’s most prominent imperialists in the Bismarckian and Wilhelmine periods. In the 1880s he emerged as a leader of the colonial movement and became known as the founder of Deutsch-Ostafrika, a region many Germans regarded as the pearl of their overseas possessions during the “Scramble for Africa.” Later, in Nazi Germany he was revered as a pioneering theorist and practitioner in the struggle for Lebensraum.
In 1884, Peters helped establish the “Society for German Colonisation” [Gesellschaft für Deutsche Kolonisation], an organisation that sought to build public support, and lobby the government for the creation of an overseas colonial empire.
In response to Henry Stanley’s expedition to ‘rescue’ Emin Pasha, a German-born explorer and governor of Egyptian Equatorial Sudan, besieged by Mahdist forces, Peters went to East Africa on a humanitarian quest not only to rescue Emin Pascha but to rescue the native populations by bringing them Civilization and all its benefits. In reality it was a race against a similar British filibuster and Peters was seeking to claim Uganda for Germany – without being sanctioned by the government in Berlin. His attempt at territorial conquest was unsuccessful but he returned to Germany with great fanfare.
Following the Anglo-German Heligoland Treaty, Peters was made a commissioner to German East Africa in 1891. By 1895 information reached Germany of his brutal treatment of the natives and he was recalled from German East Africa to Berlin. In 1897 Peters was officially condemned for his cruelty and was dismissed from government service. (Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica)