The life of English explorer William Cotton Oswell (1818-93) was marked by adventures and discoveries. At nineteen, he left Essex for Madras, where he worked for the East India Company and became a renowned elephant catcher. Due to poor health, he was sent to South Africa, the 'empire of wild sport', where he specialised in hunting and exploration. He discovered the River Zouga and Lake Ngami during an expedition across the Kalahari desert, and travelled to the Zambezi River with Scottish missionary David Livingstone. Originally published in 1900, this two-volume biography was written by Oswell's eldest son. Since Oswell kept no diary, his life is here reconstructed through the many letters he sent to his family and friends. Volume 1 focuses on Oswell's youth, his medical training in India and travels in Africa. Volume 2 includes time spent working in hospitals in the Crimea in 1854-5.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)|
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface; Introduction Francis Galton; 1. Parentage and birth. 1745-1832; 2. Education: Rugby and Haileybury. 1832-7; 3. India. 1837-44; 4. Africa. 1844-6. First expedition (with Murray) to Ba-Kaa Hills. Return by Limpopo; 5. Africa. 1846-7. Second expedition (with Captain Frank Vardon). Exploration of course of Limpopo, and discovery of River Mokolwé; 6. India and England. 1847-8; 7. Africa. 1848-9. Third expedition (with Livingstone and Murray). Passage of Kalahari Desert, and discovery of River Zouga and Lake Ngami; 8. Africa. 1850. Fourth expedition (unaccompanied). Exploration of River Zouga. Second visit to Lake Ngami; 9. Africa. 1851-2. Fifth expedition (with Livingstone). Visit to Sebitoané. Discovery of Rivers Mababé, Souta, Chobé, and Zambesi. Volume 2: 10. England. 1852-3; 11. Retrospect of his African career, and the opinion of him held by contemporary travellers; 12. Paris, Constantinople, Crimea. 1853-5; 13. North and South America and West Indies. 1855-6; 14. England. 1856-60; 15. 1860-5; 16. 1865-9; 17. 1869-73; 18. 1873-8; 19. 1878-85; 20. 1885-90; 21. 1890-2; 22. 1892-3; 23. His friends' farewell; 24. Characteristic extracts from the correspondence and personal reminiscences of William Cotton Oswell; Index.