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Park, Mungo
Travels in the interior districts of Africa: performed in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797. With an account of a subsequent mission to that country in 1805.To which is added an account of the life of Mr. Park. A new edition
printed for John Murray by W. Bulmer and Co, London, 1816. 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xx, 551, [1]; xvi, cxlix, [1], cli*-clxxvii*, [3], cliii-cviii (i.e.ccvii), 301, [1], [2] ads; large folding map with Park's routes hand-colored in outline; later quarter tan calf, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spines; a handsome and sound copy. Includes a Mandingo vocabulary at the back of volume I. Mungo Park (1771-1806) was the first European to reach the headwaters of the Niger, following the river almost to the Senegal valley. His journal includes a detailed description of travel conditions, natural history, rivers and the customs of the various tribes. "Park's Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park's career was short, but he made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa" (PMM 253, citing the first edition of 1799). Cox I, 394. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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