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In Darkest Africa --in 2 Vol. (1st American Edition)

by Henry M. Stanley

Condition: Very Good/No Jacket


New York: Charles Scribners & Sons, 1890. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition with Two Steel Engravings and One Hundred and Fifty Illustrations and 3 fold out maps. In Two Volumes--Hardcover in Green Cloth--Pictorial Boards with Imprint of Africa in Black on front board--gilt lettering and decorations to the front boards and spines--a bit of the gilt lettering is worn on the spine of Vol. 1.. A mostly clean and tight set with moderate rubbing to the green cloth boards and edgewear to the extremities. Dustiness to the page edges and a bit of damp staining to the boards--but not affecting the interior pages. Original tissue guard covering Stanley's portraits on the frontispiece. Owner bookplate to the front pastedown of both volumes. All 3 maps are present in their rear pockets. When this publication was issued in 1890--it was an immediate success. At that time very little was known about the interior of Africa--and Stanley was sent on a mission (described as a Quest) to find the missing eminate governor of "Equatoria". This publication gave us the first hand knowledge of "Pygmies" and other tribes that were heretofore legends talked about. Stanley's description of Africa gave the foundation for Gardner's description in Tarzan of The Apes.


Multi-volume Set

In Darkest Africa (1890) is Henry M. Stanley’s own account of his last adventure on the African continent. At the turn of that century, the interior of the African continent was largely unknown to the American and European public. With the accounts of great explorers like Stanley, readers became thrilled by stories African expeditions and longed to follow in the footsteps of these explorers. In 1888, Stanley led an expedition to come to the aid of Mehmed Emin Pasha. The two volumes that compose In Darkest Africa; or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria are his account of what happened. Read more: Identifying first editions of In Darkest Africa --in 2 Vol. (1st American Edition)




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