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Fontes Historiae Africanae (Sources of African History)

In 1997, the British committee established a new series of the original 1962 series to produce editions of sources for the history of Africa, in which all its volumes are published

Chair: Dr Toby Green

Fontes Historiae Africanae is an international project, initiated in 1962 to produce editions of sources for the history of Africa, under the general auspices of the Union Académique Internationale. In 1973 the British Academy established a British committee to publish volumes in the series; by 1995, ten volumes had been prepared and published via this committee and the Academy. A list of the volumes published by the British Academy in the original Fontes Historiae Africanae series (1980-1995) is available below.

In 1997, the British committee established a new series, in which all its volumes are published. Non-English sources are published in English translation. The original language texts are occasionally published in addition.

The majority of the volumes are published by Oxford University Press and are available in the 'Fontes Historiae Africanae' collection, while some are no longer in print.

Other publications in the new series

Memoirs of Giambattista Scala: Consul of his Italian Majesty in Lagos in Guinea (1862)
Translator: Brenda Packman
Editor: Robert Smith
ISBN: 0-19-726204-X hbk (2000, out of print)

A Reliable Account of the Coast of Guinea (1760)
Author: Ludewig Ferdinand Rømer
Translator and editor: Selena Axelrod Winsnes
ISBN: 0-19-726218-X hbk (2000, out of print)

Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali: Epigraphy, Chronicles, and Songhay–Tuareg History
Author: P F de Moraes Farias
ISBN: 978-0-19-726222-1 hbk (2003, out of print)
544 pages, including 69 plates

Publications in the original series

Series Arabica

I-IV. This is not published by the British Academy

V. Shari‘a in Songhay: The Replies of al-Maghili to the Questions of Askia al-Hajj Muhammad
Editor and translator: John O Hunwick
ISBN: 0-19-726032-2 hbk (1985, out of print)

VI. Muhammad al-Qadiri’s Nashr al-mathani: The Chronicles
Editor: Norman Cigar
ISBN: 0-19-725994-4 pbk (1981, out of print)

VII-X. This is not published by the British Academy

11. The History of the Mazru'i Dynasty of Mombasa
Editor: Shaykh Al-Amin bin ‘Ali Al Mazru‘i
Translator and editor: J McL Ritchie
ISBN: 0-19-726158-2 hbk (1995)

Series Varia

I. The Mombasa Rising against the Portuguese, 1631, from Sworn Evidence
Editor and translator:  G S P Freeman-Grenville
ISBN: 0-19-725992-8 pbk (1980, out of print)

II. The Sudan Memoirs of Carl Christian Giegler Pasha, 1873–1883
Editor: Richard Hill
ISBN: 0-19-726028-4 hbk (1984, out of print)

III. Towards a Reconstructed Past: Historical Texts from Busoga, Uganda
Editor: David William Cohen
ISBN: 0-19-726039-X hbk (1986)

IV. The Historical Geography of Ethiopia, from the First Century AD to 1704
Author: G W B Huntingford
Editor: Richard Pankhurst
ISBN: 0-19-726055-1 hbk (1989, out of print)

V. Pieter de Marees: Description and Historical Account of the Gold Kingdom of Guinea (1602)
Editors and translators: Albert van Dantzig and Adam Jones
ISBN: 0-19-726056-X pbk (1987, out of print)

VI. A State of Intrigue: The Epic of Bamana Segu According to Tayiru Banbera
Editor: David C Conrad
ISBN: 0-19-726088-8 pbk (1990)

VII. Letters on West Africa and the Slave Trade: Paul Erdmann Isert’s Journey to Guinea and the Caribbean Islands in Columbia (1788)
Editor: Selena Axelrod Winsnes
ISBN: 0-19-726105-1 bk (1992, out of print)

VIII. This is not published by the British Academy

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