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MacGregor Laird, & R.A.K. Oldfield.


Published: Richard Bentley, London, 1837

Edition: 1st

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In The Steam Vessels Quorra And Alburkah, In 1832, 1833, And 1834.

2 volumes. Rebound black full leather blind tooled front & rear, raised bands to spine with 6 panels with gilt on green leather title labels. Nicely executed, edges left rough-cut, marbled eps. 5 illustrations plus map.

Volume 2 top corners bumped. ff are tanned & spotted, the plates quite heavily. overall a sound and attractive set.

In 1831 Laird formed a company for the commercial development of the Niger regions, the lower course of the Niger having been made known that year by Richard and John Lander. In 1832, the company sent two small ships to the Niger, the Alburkah, a paddle-wheel steamer of fifty-five tons designed by Laird, the first iron vessel to make an ocean voyage, and the Quorra. Laird went with the expedition led by Richard Lander and forty-eight Europeans, all but nine of whom died from fever, Lander, from wounds. Laird went up the Niger to the confluence of the Benue which he was the first white man to ascend. He did not go far up the river but formed an accurate idea as to its source.
  • Binding Condition: VG+
  • Overall Condition: VG
  • Size: 8vo
  • Sold By: Fables Bookshop
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  • Country: South Africa
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