TROUP, J. Rose.
With Stanley’s Rear Column.
First edition of this important, highly critical narrative of the Emin Pasha relief expedition, published in the midst almost universal adulation that greeted Stanley on his return to England in 1890, and one of the “multiplication of different accounts [which] undermined his reputation just at the moment he had hoped it would finally be secured” (ODNB). Troup, a former colonial officer in the Congo, was one of a small number of men hand-picked by Stanley for his expedition to rescue the German-born Khedival governor of Equatorial Guinea, Emin Pasha. The fate of the rear column, whom he had left languishing in the Ituri forest for thirteen months without further supplies or news of the advance guard, was the focal point of emerging scepticism concerning his leadership and the wider aims of the expedition. In the preface Troup mentions Stanley’s failed attempt to serve him with him an injunction to block publication.
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Octavo (225 x 140 mm). Original green diagonally-ribbed cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, rules extending over front board in black, enclosing geometric motif, and over rear board in blind, enclosing central publisher’s device, all edges untrimmed, black coated endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard, folding colour map, 13 further plates from photographs. Armorial bookplate of Scottish brewer Henry Johnson Younger (b. 1832) to the front pastedown, together with his ownership inscription dated “Benmore, Nov 18. 1890” to the half-title, each accompanied by the the ink-stamp of Benmore House library. Publisher’s catalogue to rear dated October, 1890. Extremities lightly bumped and rubbed, a few pale markings to covers, edges foxed, mild spotting to prelims. A very good copy.