The Last Great Lakes of Africa1

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ADMIRABLY translated as it is this book scarcely retains a trace of its previous existence in a foreign tongue; but although the translator states in the preface that she has slightly condensed the original matter in bringing it to its present form, we believe that much more rigid compression might wisely have been applied. Earlier books have placed later travels in Eastern Equatorial Africa so prominently before the British reader, that much of the ground which was full of fresh interest when the two gallant Austrians traversed it is now familiar, and its features common place. Thus a great part of the first volume, detailing the troubles of inexperienced and, perhaps, somewhat imperious Europeans in organising a large caravan at Zanzibar and Pangani, and in crossing the coast-lands and ascending the slopes to Kikuyu, might well have been omitted without lessening the thrilling interest of subsequent chapters.

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