Through the Dark Continent or The Sources of the Nile around the Great Lakes of Equatorial Africa and Down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean (2 volumes)
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, Publishers
Date Published: 1878
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 31445
522; 566pp. Octavo [22 cm] 3/4 dark brown leather with marbled paper covered boards, raised bands, and gilt tooled spines. Marbled text block edges and endsheets. Very good. The extremities are gently rubbed. The spines are subtly rolled back. The boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. The endsheets are cracked along the hinges. The versos of the front free endsheets have a former owner's bookplates and very small numerical notations. There are very sporadic light stains on the pages. The front free endsheet of volume 1 has a couple of closed tears in the edges, and there is a faint notation on the copyright page of volume 1. The books are sturdy. With two maps in the rear pocket. The map is slightly creased and has multiple closed tears along the folds. The pages are yellowed.
With ten maps and one hundred and fifty woodcuts. Henry Morton Stanley was one of the most famous of the nineteenth-century British explorers. When he was young he lived a roving life, fighting in the American Civil War, serving in the merchant marine and the federal navy, and reporting as a journalist on the beginnings of frontier expansion. He achieved more notoriety when the New York Herald commissioned him to "find Livingstone" in Africa. After finding Robert Livingstone (no easy task), and following the examples of Livingstone, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, and others, Stanley went on to explore the rivers and lakes of central Africa.