Fontes Historiae Africanae

Sources for the study of African history.

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 is available below.

The original series contained 11 volumes (published 1980–1995). 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.

Publications in the new series

Vol 24. The Reports of Theophilus Opoku: A 19th-Century Gold Coast Pastor
Editors: Michelle Gilbert and Paul Jenkins
ISBN: 978-0-19-726761-5 hbk (2024)
560 pages

Vol 23. Corpus of Early Accounts of the Sunjata Epic, 1889-1959
Editors: Stephen Bulman, Stephen Belcher, and Valentin Vydrin
ISBN: 978-0-19-726738-7 hbk (2023)
410 pages

Vol 22. Africa's Gold Coast Through Portuguese Sources, 1469-1680
Editor: Kwasi Konadu
ISBN: 978-0-19-726706-6 hbk (2022)
456 pages

Vol 21. 'History of Ashanti' by Otumfuo, Nana Osei Agyemen Prempeh II
Editor: Tom McCaskie
ISBN: 978-0-19-726702-8 hbk (2022)
666 pages

Vol 20. The Archive of a Ugandan Missionary: Writings by and about Revd Apolo Kivebulaya, 1890s-1950s
Editors: Emma Wild-Wood with George Mpanga
ISBN: 978-0-19-726723-3 hbk (2021)
276 pages

Vol 19. Journey which Father António Gomes made to the Empire of Manomotapa
Editor: Malyn Newitt
ISBN: 978-0-19-726679-3 hbk (2021)
256 pages

Vol 18. African Voices from the Inquisition: The Trial of Crispina Peres of Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau (1646-1668)
Editors: Toby Green, Philip Havik and F. Ribeiro da Silva
ISBN: 978-0-19-726676-2 hbk (2021)
312 pages

Vol 17. Consul John Beecroft's Journal of his Mission to Dahomey, 1850
Editor: Robin Law
ISBN: 978-0-19-726653-3 hbk (2019)
302 pages

Vol 16. Writing the New Nation in a West African Borderland: Ablɔɖe Safui (the Key to Freedom) by Holiday Komedja
Editors: Kate Skinner and Wilson Yayoh
ISBN: 978-0-19-726652-6 hbk (2019)
352 pages

Vol 15. The Colonial Occupation of Katanga: The Personal Correspondence of Clément Brasseur, 1893-1897
Editor: Giacomo Macola
ISBN: 978-0-19-726649-6 hbk (2018)
656 pages

Vol 14. Voices from the Chilembwe Rising: Witness Testimonies made to the Nyasaland Rising Commission of Inquiry, 1915
Editor: John McCracken
ISBN: 978-0-19-726592-5 hbk (2015)
649 pages
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Vol 13. Empire and the Nuer: Documents and Texts from the Pacification of the Southern Sudan, 1891-1930
Editor: Douglas H Johnson
ISBN: 978-0-19-726588-8 hbk (2016)
350 pages

Vol 12. The Goğğam Chronicle by Aläqa Täklä Iyäsus WaqGera
Editor and translator: Girma Getahun
ISBN: 978-0-19-726309-9 hbk (2014)
412 pages
Facsimile or original text versions are available online to support this volume.

Vol 11. 'A Journey from Tete to Zumbo' (Uma Viagem de Tete ao Zumbo) by Albino Manoel Pacheco
Editor and translator: Malyn Newitt
ISBN: 978-0-19-726560-4 hbk (2013)
208 pages

Vol 10. Dahomey and the Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Journals and Correspondence of Vice-Consul Louis Fraser, 1851-1852
Editor: Robin Law
ISBN: 978-0-19-726521-5 hbk (2012)
294 pages

Vol 9. 'Treatise on the Rivers of Cuama' (Tratado dos Rios de Cuama) by Antonio da Conceicao
Editor and translator: Malyn Newitt
ISBN: 978-0-19-726407-2 hbk (2009)
136 pages

Vol 8. The English in West Africa, 1691–1699: The Local Correspondence of the Royal African Company of England, 1681–1699, Part 3
Editor: Robin Law
ISBN: 978-0-19-726392-1 hbk (2006)
720 pages

Vol 7. An African Family Archive: The Lawsons of Little Popo/Aneho (Togo), 1841–1938
Editor: Adam Jones and Peter Sebald
ISBN: 978-0-19-726308-2 hbk (2005)
582 pages

Vol 6. ‘The History of Ashanti Kings and the whole country itself’, and Other Writings by Otumfuo, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I
Editor: A Adu Boahen, Emmanuel Akyeampong, Nancy Lawler, T C McCaskie and Ivor Wilks
ISBN: 978-0-19-726261-0 hbk (2003, reprinted in 2003, 2005, 2006, out of print)
ISBN: 978-0-19-726415-7 pbk (2008)
234 pages
Facsimile or original text versions are available online to support this volume.

Vol 5. The English in West Africa, 1685–1688: The Local Correspondence of the Royal African Company of England, 1681–1699, Part 2
Editor: Robin Law
ISBN: 978-0-19-726252-8 hbk (2001)
486 pages

Vol 4. 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

Vol 3. 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)
320 pages

Vol 2. 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)
184 pages

Vol 1. The English in West Africa, 1681–1683: The Local Correspondence of the Royal African Company of England, 1681–1699, Part 1
Editor: Robin Law
ISBN: 978-0-19-726176-7 hbk (1997, now manufactured on demand)
384 pages

Publications in the original series

Volumes published by the British Academy in the original series (1980-1995)

Series Arabica

Vol XI. 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, out of print)

Vols VII-X. not published by the British Academy

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

Vol 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)

Vols I-IV. not published by the British Academy

Series Varia

Vol VIII. not published by the British Academy

Vol 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)

Vol 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, out of print)

Vol 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)

Vol 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)

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

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

Vol 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)

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