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STANLEY, Henry Morton.

In Darkest Africa....

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

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Published: London Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington Limited, 1890

Stock Code: 130744

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


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 Pasha (who proved 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. 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 (214 x 138 mm). Contemporary red morocco by George Cross, binder to the Queen, titles to spines in gilt in compartments, elaborate tooling to spines in gilt, raised bands ruled in gilt, wide foliate frame to covers in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, blue marbled endpapers, edges gilt.


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


Book plate of William Ruddell Clarke of Trabolgan to front pastedowns. Professional repair to tear at head of first map in vol. II; similar short closed tear to head of first map in vol. I. Slight rubbing to extremities, touch of wear to tips, a couple of faint marks to covers, light foxing to endmatter; a very good, handsome, set.


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