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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Performed under the Direction and Patronage of the African Association, in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797. By. Surgeon. With an Appendix, containing Geographical Illustrations of Africa. By Major Rennell. [with]The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the year 1805. By. together with other documents, official and private, relating o the the same mission. To which is prefixed an Account of the Life of Mr. Park.
London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author & Printed for John Murray 1815 1799 - Two volumes, both first edition, 4to, (iii)-xxviii, 372, (2), xcii; (x), cxxx, (ii), 219, (1) pp. First work with a portrait frontispiece, 5 plates and 3 folding maps plus two leaves of music, second work with a large folding map, this with an old repair, armorial bookplates with the name neatly covered by a piece of marbled paper. Contemporary (to the second volume) speckled calf, spines slightly darkened and marked with red and green labels, volume II with a subtle repair to the ends of the upper joint, an attractive set. Proposed by his patron Sir Joseph Banks, Park was charged by the African Association to explore the course of the Niger, four previous expeditions having failed. He succeeded in reaching the river and following it for about 100 miles before exhaustion and lack of supplies following a four month imprisonment forced him to turn back. He returned to Africa in 1805 for another attempt, during which he was killed. "Park’s Travels. has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the [Africans], have remained of lasting value. Park did not solve the problem of the Niger. but he set the further exploration of the region in the right direction." (Printing and the Mind of Man 253).
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