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TRAVELS IN AFRICA DURING THE YEARS 1875-1878. [with,] TRAVELS IN AFRICA DURING THE YEARS 1879-1883. [with,] TRAVELS IN AFRICA DURING THE YEARS 1882-1886. Translated from the German by A.H. Keane, F.R.G.S.
London and Philadelphia: Chapman and Hall, 1890, 1891, 1892. 3 volumes. First edition in English of each volume, a complete set of the work. Extensively illustrated with hundreds of illustrations, many being full page, charts and maps throughout all volumes and with a large folding coloured map in the second and third volumes. Large, thick 8vo, each volume in the uniform publisher's original green cloth, ruled in black on covers and spine, pictorial vignettes on the upper covers, spines lettered in gilt. viii, 582; viii, 477,2 ads; viii, 586 pp. A rare complete set of this cornerstone work. The volumes in varied condition as this work was published and sold over time. Volumes II and III are very handsome, fine copies with old unobtrusive Gloucestershire Hartland library numbers on the lower quadrant of the spines, internal labels at the pastedowns and free flies, but otherwise, are exceptionally bright and clean copies of these scarce volumes. Volume I is a near very good copy with the cloth still bright but with some light rubbing along the edges and extremities caused by use or by shelving, the hinges reinforced neatly with binders' tape, the text a little shaken but still quite clean and fresh, this volume without the folding map. AN IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION SET COMPLETE. Junker remained continuously in Equatorial Africa from 1875 to 1886, leading extensive expeditions from bases in Khartoum and Lado. He was a leisurely traveler and careful observer. His main objective was to study the people with whom he came into contact, and to collect animal and plant specimens. His explorations are extensively recorded in this work, first published in Germany in 1889. Junker charted the course of the Congo and its tributaries during his decade in Central Africa. His investigations of the Nile-Congo watershed successfully combated the then popular hydrographical theories and established the identity of the Welle and Ubangi. Born of German parents in Moscow, he was influenced in his desire to explore Africa by Schweinfurth who drew his attention to the lands south of the Libyan desert, "a region at that time ... still shrouded in the veil of an awe-inspiring mystery". His fascination with the region led him to make three expeditions over a period of eleven years and he is recognised as one of the great African explorers. Junker received the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1887.
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