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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Mungo Park

Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa in the Year 1805

Published: John Murray, London, 1815

Edition: First edition

Reserve: $120

Approximately:

Estimate: $300

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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"JOURNAL OF A MISSION TO THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA, IN THE YEAR 1805. TOGETHER WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS, OFFICIAL AND PRIVATE, RELATING TO THE SAME MISSION, TO WHICH IS PREFIXED AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF MR. PARK."

Original marbled boards and leather spine. Binding is worn. There are a few black & white illustrations in the text. This copy lacks the map.

Collation: [10] xcviii [2] 219pp.

A rare copy of this milestone Africana. After the publication of the TRAVELS, Park withdrew to the quiet life of a country physician. He soon became bored with this existence and returned to Africa in 1805. He traveled on the Niger by canoe, but failed to reach the source of the river. He and his companions were killed by natives at Boussa after their canoe foundered on the rapids. Fortunately, Park had earlier sent his journals to Gambia, and they were finally published in 1815.

  • Binding Condition: Fair
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 4to


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