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Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772 and 1773. In Five Volumes
Edinburgh: Printed by J. Ruthven for G. G. J. and J. Robinson. 1790. 4to (29 cm x 23 cm). F First Edition. H Full Leather. Very Good. A comprehensive five volume set describing the author's six-year journey to discover the source of the Nile River. What Bruce explored was the Blue Nile, rather than the White Nile (which he eventually reached), but in proclaiming the Blue Nile the Nile of the Ancients, justified his claim. Either way, this very popular work provided unprecedented insight into the Nile region for his contemporaries, and his descriptions of Egypt, Abyssinia and portrayal of Ethiopia and its language were most important. Includes 55 plates, including numerous natural history plates, mainly after drawings by the author, three battle plans, three large folding maps and four leaves of Ethiopian dialects. Full calf, most likely contemporary to the set, with dual spine labels in red and black, gilt spine bands. (xii), lxxxiii, 535p.+ 8 plts & 4 leaves Ethiopian; (iv), viii, 718p.; (iv), viii, 759p.+ 4 plts; (iv), vii, 695p.+ 3 battle plans; (vi), xiv, 230p, (x), plus 43 plates and 3 folding maps. Signature of Robert Lockwood at head of each title page; no other markings or bookplates. Externally a bit rubbed, with volume I joints lightly cracked with covers well attached, large repaired chip at head of volume I, rear joints starting on two other volumes, but well preserved overall. Collated and complete save for four leaves absent from volume III (probably never bound in; no sign of removal (533/534; 549/550; 555/556 and 557/558). Volume I: vi has small internal tear with only very minor paper loss; Volume II: very light dampstaining to the top margins of the last four leaves, rear endpaper torn; Volume III: inner margin dampstain to bottom of map of Masuah, barely affecting image, internal tear to leaf 655/656 with no paper loss, repaired margin chip to leaf 667/668; Volume V: margin chips to five plates, not affecting images, one tissue protecting plate has tracing, first folding map has large tear with no paper loss, second folding map has very small margin tear, third folding map has several moderate tears with no paper loss; all maps restorable. Some occasional scattered foxing and offsetting of plates, most of which retain their original tissue protectors. A very well-kept set in original, unrestored condition.
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