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In Darkest Africa by  Henry M STANLEY - First Edition - 1890 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 114844)

In Darkest Africa

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In Darkest Africa: Or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.

by STANLEY, Henry M

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1890. 2 volumes, octavo (220 x 143 mm). Original green pebble-grain cloth, titles and Stanley's bust gilt to spines, front boards lettered in gilt with silhouette of Africa blocked in blind and partially filled in black, brown endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each volume, 52 engraved plates of which one in colour (the sketch of Ruwenzori in volume 2), numerous illustrations to the text, 3 folding colour maps in end-pockets, that in volume 1 opening to approx. 60 x 80 cm. Ticket of the Publishers and Booksellers Protective Association to the rear free endpaper of volume 1. Some light rubbing to extremities, trivial pale mottling to covers, section of superficial cracking to rear inner hinge of volume 1, maps with a few short splits along folds and small closing holes at intersections of folds. An excellent copy in the attractive original cloth, unique to the US edition. First US edition, first printing. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered Ottoman governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense Ituri rain forest. Stanley's dealings with Emin Pasha, who proved singularly resistant to being "rescued", his abandonment of his own rear column and his wider motives for his mission have all come under suspicion then and since, but the book remains a classic of African exploration. In the course of the journey Stanley met Roger Casement, then in service on the Congo, discovered the great snow-capped range of Ruwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, a new lake which he named the Albert Edward Nyanza and a large south-western extension of Lake Victoria. First published in 1890 (in London), In Darkest Africa was quickly translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, while sales of the English trade editions reached 150,000 copies. Howgego IV S60; Speake pp. 1132-35.

Synopsis

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.

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Peter Harrington GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
114844
Title
In Darkest Africa
Author
STANLEY, Henry M
Book condition
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Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,
Date published
1890
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Peter Harrington is currently offering a normal national and international delivery service unaffected by COVID-19. Peter Harrington first started selling rare and antiquarian books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road in 1969, and have since grown to become one of the largest and best known antiquarian bookshops in Europe. Our shop extends over four floors offering up to 20,000 volumes. We also offer a full bookbinding and restoration service, and are members of the ABA and ILAB.

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