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Auction #117 begins on 22 Aug 2024

Tuckey, Captain J K, RN, and others

Narrative of an Expedition to Explore the River Zaire, Usually Called the Congo, in South Africa, in 1816... (1818)

..To which is added the journal of Professor Smith, some general observations on the country and its inhabitants; and an appendix: containing the natural history of that part of the kingdom of Congo through which the Zaire flows

Published: John Murray, London, 1818

Edition: First

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From exploration and natural history points of view, this was a highly successful expedition - even though most of the expedition's members, including the leader, died before their return voyage was completed. Captain Tuckey had an unfortunate life, dying at the age of 40 in 1816 during his first command and having earlier been imprisoned by the French for nine years

Despite these disasters, the expedition's papers, map and drawings reached the Admiralty, whose Lords Commissioners gave permission two years later to John Murray to publish them 

  • complete and unmarked, with much less foxing than is usually found; the large chart of the Zaire untorn and only lightly foxed; and the cover faces and front edge only lightly rubbed
  • at some time, new plain endpapers were added to strengthen the binding, which is now very good
  • quarter-bound in green leatherette with gilt-on-red spine label and marbled paper-board sides, plain endpapers, lxxxii/498 pp of text and 7 appendixes + six-fold 340 x 540 mm chart as frontispiece + 1 coloured and 12 other inserted plates on heavy white art-paper

An exceptionally good copy.

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 275 x 220 x 40; 1.9 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
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