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STANLEY, Henry Morton.

In Darkest Africa.

Or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.

London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington Limited, 1890 Stock Code: 135768
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First edition of Stanley's famous account of his 1886-9 expedition to relieve Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria who was supposedly besieged by Mahdist forces. Stanley's dealings with Emin Pasha (who proved resistant to being "rescued"), his abandonment of his own rear column, and his wider motives for his mission have all come into question then and since, but the book remains a classic of African exploration. It contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense Ituri rain forest. 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. Translations of In Darkest Africa appeared quickly in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch while sales of the English trade editions reached 150,000 copies.

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2 volumes, octavo (217 x 136 mm). Mid-20th-century brown half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt.


Frontispieces, 36 plates, 3 folded colour maps, folded table, numerous illustrations in the text, many full page.


Very lightly rubbed, patch of stripping to rear cover of vol. I, some faint foxing, taped closed tear to two of the folding maps. A very good copy.


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