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Through the Dark Continent, or the Sources of the Nile Around the Great Lakes of Equatorial Africa and Down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1878). First Edition Thus. Hardcover Hardcover. Near Fine. With 10 maps and 150 woodcuts. Two volumes: xiv, 522; ix, 566, with a pocket in the back of each volume with a folding map. Stanley's own account of his 999-day brutal trek across the unknown reaches of Africa. Several hundred men, mostly Africans, died during the expedition. According to an early review: 'If [Stanley's] book ... shows that he has not yet succeeded in revealing the grand secret of the Nile sources, it goes to prove that he has at least contributed largely towards narrowing the problem down to comparatively circumscribed limits, and added many striking facts to the common stock of geographical knowledge. By the aid of the camera he has enriched his book with a number of interesting pictures, which are particularly valuable because of their being faithful illustrations of the beautiful scenery of Central Africa, and of the manners prevailing among her savage tribes. The itineraries of his arduous travels, and his copious maps of the great African lakes and rivers, will be especially acceptable to those who are interested in diffusing the light of modern civilization over the broad extent of the 'Dark Continent.''—International Review, 1878. While Stanley's journey was sponsored by two newspapers, one American and one English, the British edition of this work appeared first, in May 1878. This American first edition was available in late August. First American edition. Near fine hardcover copies; no dust jackets, as issued. Some wear to the extremeties with a bit of fraying at the corners. Pocket maps have a few closed tears at the folds, else near fine. Volume 2 spine slightly concave. Previous seller's small stickers on endpapers indicating a 2-volume set. A large, heavy set.
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