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What led to the discovery of the source of the Nile.
London Blackwood 1864 - First edition. 8vo., x, [1], 372pp., 32 pages ads at end (lightly browned) frontispiece, 1 double-page and 1 folding map, original brown cloth gilt, spotting to verso of dedication, contents leaf and four succeeding pages, neat repair to head of spine, a very good example. A scarce work detailing the discovery of Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria. An account of Speke's first journey to Central Africa as part of Richard Burton's expedition, during which Speke claimed to have discovered the source of the Nile, a claim vigourously disputed by Burton, although time was to prove Speke correct. In 1856, funded by the Royal Geographical Society, Burton and Speke teamed up to explore the uncharted lake regions of central Africa, hoping also to discover the source of the Nile. Leaving from Zanzibar in June 1857, they located Lake Tanganyika in February 1858. The expedition was fraught with problems with porters, much equipment was lost or stolen, and tropical diseases weakened both men for long periods. With Burton too sick to accompany him, Speke journeyed farther north and found Lake Victoria. No European had ever seen these lakes, but Speke lacked the supplies and equipment to undertake a proper survey. The explorers returned to England separately, Speke arriving first and claiming he had discovered the Nile's source. Burton, who had kept detailed geographical and cultural notes, argued that Speke's evidence was inconclusive and lacked accurate measurements. A long, public quarrel between the men ensued—and continued after Speke's second expedition (1860-1863) to the lake region with James Augustus Grant. It ended on 16 September 1864. Just before the two men were scheduled to debate the Nile issue in front of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, word arrived that Speke had died in a freak hunting accident. Many believed it was a suicide. The book is in two parts, the first Journal of adventures in Somali-Land, the second Journal of a cruise on the Tanganyika Lake. Hilmy II, p255. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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