2 volumes. VERY SCARCE EARLY FIRST EDITION 1866.
"An early issue, with the incorrect plate list in volume II
calling for two maps at end of the volume that are at the
front of volume I; volume I includes an additional plate
opposite page 351, not called for in list of plates."
Publishers green covers with gilt bordered vignette.
Gilt titles with gilt vignette on spine.
xxx, , 395 pages.
7 full-page plates + 15 in-text illustrations.
1 full-page map.
1 large fold-out map [53 x 34.5 cm].
ix, , 384 pages.
Chromolithograph frontispiece [some spotting].
6 full-page plates + 5 in-text illustrations over four pages.
"The great adventurer, Baker, after various adventures in Ceylon
and the area around the Black Sea, went to Africa and embarked
on his greatest adventure, namely to discover the source of the Nile.
Having met up with Speke and Grant and exchanging valuable information
with them, he eventually discovered the third great Nile lake, the Albert N'Yanza,
but only after most of his men had deserted him and he had been forced to rely
on the help of the slave trader Ibrahim and capricious local ruler, Kamrasi.
One of the great travel narratives", [Hilmy I, 49].
"An oft-reprinted work describing the great explorer's
discovery of Lake Albert as the source of the White Nile.
As with all of Baker's books, there is considerable big game
hunting adventure. Near the River Sobat, he hunted buffalo
and lost a member of his party to one. In Latooka country,
he hunted elephant, which, in turn, pursued him. Baker also
describes his muzzle-loading rifle which fired a half-pound shell!
Nicknames "Jenna el Mootfah" (child of the cannon), the rifle's
recoil even bothered the intrepid Baker. There are additional hunts
for antelope, hippopotamus, and elephant throughout"
(Czech, An Annotated Bibliography of African
Big Game Hunting Books, 1785-1950, p.10).
Recorded shipping weight 2500g.
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