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Stanley, Sir Henry Morton

In Darkest Africa or the Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London, 1890

Edition: First

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With  one  hundred  and  fifty  woodcut  illustrations  and  maps  in  Two  Volumes.

XV +  529  pp. [Volume  I]
XV  +  472  pp.  +  2  pp publishers  catalogue. [Volume  II]

Illustrated  end-papers. Russet  cloth  with  gilt  &  black  embossed  illustrations  on  both  the  spines  as  well  as  the  front  boards. Profusely  illustrated  by  various  artists  and  engravers. Includes  maps. Collated  complete.

The  first  maps  in  both  volumes  have  an  8  centimetre  closed  tear  in  the  margins. Light  foxing  on  the  top  edge  of  both  volumes  as  well  as  on  the  fore-edge  of  Volume  I. The  bottom  corners  of  each  volume  are  bumped. All  corners  very  slightly  frayed. A very handsome set.

A  classic  in  the  genre  of  African  travel  and  indeed  within  Victorian  travel  literature. Sir Henry Morton Stanley was considered one of the most \'effective\' explorers of his day and is possibly most famous for his phrase, \"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?\"(along with his historic expedition to find the erstwhile famous explorer). He  was  born  John Rowlands (28 January 1841 - 10 May 1904)  in  Wales.

In 1886, he led the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition to \"rescue\" Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria  in the southern Sudan. This  was  his  third  journey  into  Africa. Whilst  on  the  way  to  meet  Emin, which  he  finally  did  in  1888, he  \"discovered\" the Ruwenzori mountain  range and Lake Edward. He emerged from the interior with Emin and his surviving followers at the end of 1890.Where  as  other  expeditions  by  Stanley  were  deemed  to  be  successes, this expedition tarnished Stanley\'s reputation. Apart  from  the  reluctance  of  Emin  Pasha  to  be  rescued, the  expedition  was  mired  by  barbarism, brutality  and  violence.
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  • Binding Condition: Very Good +
  • Overall Condition: Very Good +
  • Size: Octavo

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