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Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years' residence in the interior of Africa
John Murrary, London 1857 - First edition, Bradlow's Variant No. 7. Folding engraved frontispiece, 2 folding maps (one in rear pocket), 23 plates, 1 folding section plus numerous illustrations to text. [x], 688, [8ads (dated November 1, 1857] pp. 8vo. A BEAUTIFUL COPY. "Livingstone's services to African geography . are almost unequalled . he explored vast regions of central Africa, many of which had never been seen by white men before" (PMM).One of the great classics of African travel. When Livingstone returned to England after sixteen years in Africa, he was immediately awarded the Royal Geographical Society's gold medal. These years saw him seek to fulfil his obligations to the London Missionary Society, he made two long journeys north try to find a better station for the mission to operate from. He later travelled to Lake Ngami and, most importantly, in the years 1854-6, he made his great crossing of Africa from Luanda on the west coast to Quelimane on the east. All of this is recorded in his account. He set the standard that the likes of Stanley, Speke and Burton all tried to attain. His account not only set out his adventures and experiences, but it filled with notes on natural history, anthropology, tropical medicine, and religion. Furthermore, Czech notes that the work also contains sporting interest: "There are numerous sporting incidents with hunts after lions, buffalo, elephants and a variety of plains game, even though Livingstone did not consider himself a sportsman" Abbey Travel 347; F.R. Bradlow, "The Variants of the 1857 edition" in Lloyd ed. Livingstone 1873-1973; Czech p. 168; Howgego L39; Mendelssohn I, pp. 908-910; PMM 341 A fine copy in publisher's blindstamped brown cloth, spine gilt, contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, four newspaper clippings announcing Livingstone's death tipped on to verso of title-page and dedication Folding engraved frontispiece, 2 folding maps (one in rear pocket), 23 plates, 1 folding section plus numerous illustrations to text. [x], 688, [8ads (dated November 1, 1857] pp. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition]
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