The author Giuseppe Haimann (1828-1883) was an Italian jurist and painter, mostly known for his travels in Africa and the orient. The illustrations in this book are based on his sketches from his travels. Haimann died a year after publishing this book in Alexandria, Egypt.
The book describes Haimann’s route and experiences in Libya, as well as the region’s geography, flora and fauna.
The book was written a year after the French takeover of Tunisia and in the year before the British took control over Egypt, leaving the coast of Libya one of the rear coasts of north Africa, unconquered by the Europeans and a sitting target for Italy.
The text was published in the same year in the magazine Bolletino della Società Geografica Italiana, as a part of a series of several Italian publications, issued in the early 1880s, describing the territory of today’s Libya, which became Italian colony in 1911.
References: OCLC 934048387, 917977795, 903436996 (with eBooks),
1152829830 (only eBook?).