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Speke Capt. John Hanning
Edinburgh and London William Blackwood and Sons 1864. Second issuance printed in the year following the first, with the large folding map in first state and dated 1863 as for the first issuance of the book. Illustrated with numerous black and white plates, illustrations in the text, fine engraved portraits of Speke and Grant and the large folding map that was issued with the first printing of the book. 8vo, handsomely bound at the time in honey-brown straight grain morocco, the covers gilt fillet ruled at the borders, the spine with panel designs incorporating border rules, tooling and central decorations gilt, the compartments separated by raised bands gilt stopped, dark morocco lettering label gilt, all edges marbled, marbled endleaves. xxxi, 658 pp. A very fresh, clean and bright copy internally, the binding also in good order with no repairs or restoration done, hinges firm and strong, the binding still tight and sound. Only light mellowing or age evidence. A pleasing copy of this increasingly difficult book to find in collectable condition. HIGHLY IMPORTANT AFRICANA BOUND IN PLEASING FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO OF THE TIME. THE SCARCE LANDMARK WORK OF AFRICAN EXPLORATION FROM THE FIRST EXPLORER TO DISCOVER ONE OF THE MAJOR SOURCES OF THE NILE. Speke had apparently, at the end of the Punjab campaign in 1849, developed the idea to explore Central Africa with a view to collecting hitherto unknown species of fauna. At the same time the Bombay government was organizing an expedition to Somaliland under Lieutenant Richard Burton. Speke had originally planned to travel into A … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. [Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.]
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