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A remarkable account by a pioneering woman explorer who was described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the bravest woman of all my knowledge'.

Until 1893, Mary Kingsley lived the typical life of a single Victorian woman, tending to sick relatives and keeping house for her brother. However, on the death of her parents, she undertook an extraordinary decision: with no prior knowledge of the region, she set out alone to West Africa to pursue her anthropological interests and collect botanical specimens. Her subsequent book, published in 1897, is a testament to understatement and humour - few explorers made less of the hardships and dangers experienced while travelling (including unaccompanied treks through dangerous jungles and encounters with deadly animals). Travels in West Africa would challenge (as well as reinforce) contemporary Victorian prejudices about Africa, and also made invaluable contributions to the fields of botany and anthropology. Above all, however, it has stood the test of time as a gripping, classic travel narrative by a woman whose sense of adventure and fascination with Africa transformed her whole life.

This Penguin edition includes a fascinating introduction by Dr Toby Green examining Victorian attitudes to Africa, along with explanatory notes by Lynnette Turner.

Mary Kingsley was born in north London in 1862, the daughter of the traveller and physician George Kingsley and his former housekeeper, Mary Bailey. Her education was scant: while her younger brother was sent away to school, she stayed at home. Later she lived in Cambridge, and cared for her bedridden mother. Following the deaths of her parents, Kingsley embarked on a voyage to West Africa in August 1893, with the object of studying native religion and law and collecting zoological specimens. In December 1894, she undertook a second trip to the region, during which she became the first woman to climb West Africa's highest mountain, Mount Cameroon. On returning home eleven months later, she wrote Travels in West Africa, which was published in 1897 and was followed by West African Studies in 1899. Kingsley made one final trip to Africa, enlisting as a volunteer nurse in South Africa during the Boer War. She had only been there for two months when she developed typhoid fever and died, on 3rd June 1900, before being buried at sea in accordance with her wishes.

Lynnette Turner is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Edge Hill University.

Toby Green is Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture at Kings College London. His book The Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa appeared in 2011.

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On the death of her parents, Mary Kingsley set out to study native religion and law in West Africa, and to complete the work done by her father in the study of comparative sacrificial rites and fetishes. Her story is remarkable because she had, till then, led the sheltered, middle-class life of a Victorian spinster. Her book is a testament to understatement and humour - few explorers made less of the hardships and dangers experienced while travelling. "Travels in West Africa" (1897) was written after her second journey. She had made preparations for a third but was diverted by the Boer War in South Africa, where she died of enteric fever while tending Boer prisoners.

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Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900) Born in Islington, London, Kingley led a sheltered and quiet life where she was schooled at home by her father, George Henry Kingsley. George Kingsley was a doctor who was very interested in traveling and a published author of travel notes and memoirs. Mary's life changed drastically when her parents both died in 1892. Mary was left searching for a purpose to her life, and decided to pursue her interests in exploration and traveling. She said she wanted to find "something to do that her father had cared for." She planned a trip to West Africa to continue her father's studies on African religion, culture and law.From 1893 to 1894 Mary explored places like Kabinda, Old Calabar, and the Lower Congo, and subsequently wrote a book about her journey: Travels in West Africa. Lynnette Turner is Senior Lecturer in English at Oxford Brookes University, England. Her work on gender and ethnography, Mary Kingsley and on nineteenth and twentieth-century anthropological discourse has appeared in a number of collections, including Tim Youngs, ed., Crosscurrents: Writing and Race (Harlow: Longman, 1997), Alison Donnell and Pauline Polkey, eds., Representing Lives: Women and Auto/biography (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000) and Roger Luckhurst and Josephine McDonagh, eds., Encounters: Transactions in Science and Culture in Victorian Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002).

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