In Darkest Africa
or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.
Signed limited edition, one of 250 copies signed by Stanley. In 1886, Stanley led the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition to “rescue” Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria in the southern Sudan. King Leopold II demanded that Stanley take the longer route, via the Congo River, hoping to acquire more territory and perhaps even Equatoria. After immense hardships and great loss of life, Stanley met Emin in 1888, charted the Ruwenzori Range and Lake Edward, and emerged from the interior with Emin and his surviving followers at the end of 1890. Stanley then travelled to Cairo, where he spent two months writing his famous account of the expedition, before finally returning to London in April 1890. In Darkest Africa was published in various formats, this being the most luxurious.
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2 volumes, quarto. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark brown half morocco over vellum boards, with the title, flag of Emin Pasha and Stanley’s signature to the front boards gilt copied from the original, titles to spines gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut. Housed in a dark brown leather entry slipcase by the Chelsea Bindery. With titles printed in red & black, portrait frontispiece of Stanley, illustrated by various artists, 45 plates (including 6 etched plates signed in pencil by the artist G. Montbard), 4 maps (3 folding), 1 folding printed table, and 103 illustrations in the text (3 full-page). The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a fine binding.