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PARK, Mungo.
Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa:
London: John Murray, 1816 & 1815, 1618. London: John Murray,, 1816 & 1815. A classic of travel literature 2 volumes, quarto (264 x 207 mm). Near-contemporary black straight-grain half morocco, titles in gilt on spines, spines richly gilt, decorative gilt roll on boards, gilt edges, grey-green endpapers. With the fine stipple-engraved portrait of Park by Dickinson after Henry Edridge, 4 engraved folding maps including hand-coloured in outline, 5 engraved plates, 1 double-sided engraved plate of music, and a few in-text illustrations and diagrams. Armorial bookplate of Fleming Pinkstan O'Reilly to front pastedowns; perhaps the family who owned Rathaldron Castle in County Meath, north of Dublin, from 1840 to 1911. A little wear to extremities, a couple of worm holes to joints, occasional light finger-soiling; else a very good copy. A new edition of the first work, and second edition of the second work. Apart from the north-east region and coastal areas, hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa prior to the publication of Park's book in 1799. After four failed attempts, the African Association designated Scotsman Mungo Park, who set sail on 22 May 1795, to find and explore the Niger. "Travelling eastward from the English factory at Pisania (where he learned the Mandingo language) along the River Gambia, Park reached the Niger at Segou and followed its course for about one hundred miles to Sulla, where difficulties forced him to turn back [and on being taken ill he returned to England in 1799]... After the publication of his book Park withdrew to a country medical … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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