James Bruce Bibliography

Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, 1768-1773 1790
Published in 5 volumes. Bruce was a member, as was Boswell, of the Canongate Kilwining Lodge No 2, the most powerful lodge in Britain. Bruce started his voyage in search of the Nile in 1762: via a consulship in Algiers and a visit to the Red Sea, Bruce reached his destination in Abyssinia in 1770. Bruce returned to Europe in 1773.

The Travels were an instant bestseller and may have inspired Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan”.