Source of material: Wilbour Library of Egyptology. Special Collections. Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives.
Publisher/Date Edinburgh and London, W. Blackwood & sons, 1893.
Local notes: Brooklyn's copy inscribed by the author to Amelia C. Rowlatt.
The Arabic Middle East and the concept of the harem as a purely "Eastern" invention both appalled and fascinated Western travelers. Ellen Chennells' two-volume account of her tutelage of Princess Zeinab of the Khedive harem also included vivid descriptions of her travels throughout the Nile and Cairo on a steamship. While Recollections of an Egyptian Princess is a valuable artifact in the history of women travel, it also contains a very English depiction of the "uncivilized" Greek boatmen, slaves, and Arabs who existed outside the boundaries of the harem and also outside the English social circle in the East.