A narrative of travels in northern Africa in the years 1818, 19 and 20 : accompanied by geographical notices of Soudan, and of the course of the Niger

Author: Lyon, G. F. (George Francis), 1795-1832.
Responsibility: by G.F. Lyon
Place: London
Publisher: J. Murray
Date Published: 1821
Description: xii, 383 p., [18] leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill. (17 col.), map ; 28 cm. (4 to)
Provenance: York Gate Library
Call Number: rg 961 T b 1821
Subject: Lyon, G. F. (George Francis), 1795-1832--Travel--Africa, North
Lyon, G. F. (George Francis), 1795-1832--Travel--Libyan Desert
Explorers--Africa, North--Biography
Explorers--Libyan Desert--Biography
Africa, North--Discovery and exploration--British
Libyan Desert--Discovery and exploration--British
Africa, North--Description and travel
Libyan Desert--Description and travel
Tripolitania (Libya)--Description and travel
Fezzan (Libya)--Description and travel
Africa, North--Pictorial works
Africa, North--Social life and customs--19th century
Lithography, British--19th century
Travellers' writings, English
Notes: Hand-coloured lithographs. Signature: b, B-Z2, AA-ZZ, 3A-3C2. Includes index.
Summary: George Francis Lyon was a British naval officer, an explorer of both the Arctic and North Africa. In 1818 he was sent to find the course of the Niger River and the location of Timbuktu. The underfunded and poorly supported expedition left from Tripoli and headed off across the Libyan Desert, part of the the Sahara. The expedition was generally seen as a failure but his work is a beautifully illustrated account of a little-known area of the world. Lyon took a genuine interest, rare at the time, in the native peoples he saw. "Wearing Arab/Muslim dress and learning fluent Arabic he managed to blend in with the inhabitants of North Africa". (Wikipedia)