Henry Salt’s “Voyage to Abyssinia, and travels into the interior of that country, executed under the orders of the British government in the years 1809 and 1810.”

Henry Salt (1780 – 1827) was one of the most important figures in early 19th century travel, archaeology and foreign diplomacy. Celebrated for his expeditions to Abyssinia, Salt later became British Consul-General in Egypt, where he played an important diplomatic role. Salt was also an artist & a collector of antiques. However, it is an an Egyptologist and for his involvement in the re-discovery of ancient Egypt that he is remembered.

Henry Salt (1780 – 1827) was one of the most important figures in early 19th century travel, archaeology and foreign diplomacy. Celebrated for his expeditions to Abyssinia, Salt later became British Consul-General in Egypt, where he played an important diplomatic role. Salt was also an artist & a collector of antiques. However, it is an an Egyptologist and for his involvement in the re-discovery of ancient Egypt that he is remembered.

Water spouts seen on the Mosambique Channel.
“View of the Government House on the Island of Mozambique.”
“View of the mountain of Detra Damo.”

“The mountain of Devra Damo appears to be completely scarped on every side, and, as I was informed, is very difficult of access, having only one path leading up to it; resembling in this respect many of the hill forts in India, as well as in its general character. As soon as I had completed a sketch of it, we proceeded on our journey, and, after travelling a few miles, came to a pass in the mountains, called Kella, which takes its name from the castellated appearance of the rocks in its neighbourhood: ‘Kella’ in the Abyssinian, as well as Arabic language, signifying a ‘castle.’ It still continues to be a place where duties are collected from the cafilas. About a mile farther on, we came to a beautiful glen, where a large daro tree stood by the side of a winding stream, the banks of which were richly covered with verdure, and here we stopped to refresh ourselves during the heat of the day.”

“Sketch of a Daro tree at the bottom of Taranta.”
“Sketch of the Sanga or Galla oxen.”
“View in the neighbourhood of the RiverTacazze.”
Erodia Amphilensis (top).
Abyssinian Locust (bottom).
“BERILLA, AN EDJOW GALLA.”
“View on the banks of the Tacazze.”
“DOFTER ESTHER.
A learned Abyssinaian.”
“Sketch of the mountains at Adowa.”
“Greek inscription found at Axum.”
“An Abyssinian slave girl.”
“Sketch of a scene half way down the pass at Atbara.”
“Abyssinians reposing.”
“Castle of the Sulat of Aden at Lahadj.”
“A view of the mountains of Samen & the River Tacazze.”

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