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Baker (Samuel White)


and Explorations of the Nile Sources

Published: Macmillan and Co., London, 1867

Edition: Second Edition

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Second Edition:  2 volumes, I. xxx, 371. II. xi, 372 pages, 2 maps - 1 large folding 'A Map of the Albert Nyanza and of the routes leading to its discovery in 1864, by Samuel White Baker, Esq.', frontispiece in each volume, numerous full page and other wood engraved illustrations, bound in full calf, red and green title labels on the spines, marbled paper sides and endpapers, marbled edges, a fine copy.

Editor's note to the facsimile reprint published by Cambridge University Press (2011) 'Sir Samuel Baker (1821-93) was one of the most famous Victorian explorers and hunters. First published in two illustrated volumes in 1866, this account of his most celebrated expedition is amongst the most important works of its type. Baker promises 'to take the reader by the hand, and lead him step by step ... through scorching deserts and thirsty sands; through swamp and jungle ... until I bring him, faint with the wearying journey, to that high cliff ... from which he shall look down upon the vast Albert Lake and drink with me from the sources of the Nile!' He is taken a prisoner of a native king. Baker offers a number of 'gifts' to buy his release, and after an arduous journey, with his wife in a coma, in March 1864 he reaches Luta N'zige, which he renames in memory of Prince Albert. A compelling account of a historic adventure.'

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 8vo (185 x 125 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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