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Excerpts - Kaloolah, Or Journeyings to the Djebel el Kumri by William Starbuck Mayo (1849)

Excerpts - Kaloolah, Or Journeyings to the Djebel el Kumri by William Starbuck Mayo (1849)

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Published by Robert W. Lebling
These pages are excerpts from a 19th-century satirical adventure/romance written by a literary rival of Herman Melville. It was a bestseller in its day. This version has been edited and annotated by Robert W. Lebling. For more on this book, see: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201105/in.melville.s.shadow.htm
These pages are excerpts from a 19th-century satirical adventure/romance written by a literary rival of Herman Melville. It was a bestseller in its day. This version has been edited and annotated by Robert W. Lebling. For more on this book, see: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201105/in.melville.s.shadow.htm

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KALOOLAH,OR JOURNEYINGS TO THE DJÉBEL EL KUMRI
 AN  AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JONATHAN ROMER
BYWilliam Starbuck Mayo, M.D.
Edited and Annotated byRobert W. Lebling
 
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BibliographicInformation:
OriginallypublishedbyG.P.Putnam,NewYork,in1849.EditedandAnnotatedVersion:Copyright©2012,RobertW.Lebling.[
NOTE:
Minortypographicalerrorsandmisspellingsintheoriginaleditionhavebeencorrected.“Stronglanguage”and“cursing”expurgatedfromthateditionbecauseof19
th
-centuryreaders’“sensitivities”havebeenrestored.FootnotesarebyRobertW.Lebling–apartfromoneinChapterXXIIIattributedtoMayothatappearedintheoriginaledition.Mayoassertedthathisoriginalmanuscriptwasextensivelyfootnoted,basedprimarilyoncopiousjournalentrieshecompiledwhilevisitingNorthAfrica,butthatmostofthosefootnoteswereremovedbythepublisherduetospacelimitations.Mayo’sdeletedfootnotes,iftheyactuallyexisted,havenotsurvived.ChapterXXXVIII,headlined“BytheEditor,”isdescribedasacondensationorsummaryofatleastsixchaptersoftheoriginalmanuscript;ifthisisindeedthecase,thesechapterswereprobablycompressedtokeepthetotalpagecountundercontrol.]
 
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PREFACE.
The following letter will best explain the way in which these pages came into theeditor's hands, and the degree of credit that may be fairly given to them as an authenticrecord of the travels and adventures of a young American:D
EAR 
D
OCTOR 
:
 
You must know that I have recently come into the possession of a manuscript, purporting to be the travels and adventures of a young American, in various parts of theworld, but mainly in the deserts of Africa, and in the unknown, and hitherto unvisitedcountries south of the Soudan. The manuscript strikes me as being curious, interesting,and apparently authentic; but I have so little confidence in my own judgment, in suchmatters, that after a deal of patient and painful cogitation upon the subject, I find myself utterly unable to decide two questions that present themselves, to wit, is it worth publishing? and if so, what will be the best manner of giving it to the world?But first let me explain how the manuscript came into my possession. You haveheard of Salee, I suppose; or rather, of the Salee Rovers, who not many years since sweptthe Atlantic from Tercera to Teneriffe, and (with a degree of boldness that made them the bug-a-boos of crying babies for miles inland) carried their bloody swallow-tail pendantsup the English Channel, and even through the intricate passages of the Skagerrack andCattegat. You have heard of these rascals, and of their town; but perhaps you would haveto refer to your geography or to a gazetteer; for the fact that it is situated at the mouth of 

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