Speke, John Hanning - Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile - 1868

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Speke, John Hanning - Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile - 1868
Illustrated, Travels, Exploration - Quantity: 1


Account of Speke's third and final expedition

Speke, John Hanning
Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1868

Large 8vo (24x15 cm); 590 pages. Illustrated with fold-out color map of Eastern Equatorial Africa bound in at the rear and a map of the Nile from its source, portraits, and numerous illustrations chiefly from drawings by Captain Grant. Bound in leather over marbled boards, with title label on spine.

Condition good minus; Ex-libr. with some blind stamps, newly recased, map worn on the creases, paper with some smudging and foxing. Middle sections loosening. Complete copy.

John Hanning Speke accompanied Sir Richard Burton in his African travels, but fell out with him over the geographical meaning of their discoveries. This is the account of Speke's third and final expedition in 1860 with James Grant to explore the Victoria Nyanza area to confirm his earlier -and by Burton disclaimed- view that the lake was the source of the White Nile. This discovery earned him international recognition. Speke unfortunately died of a self-inflicted gunshot-wound while hunting the day before he was to publicly debate his findings with Burton. "The importance of Speke’s discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the source reservoir of the Nile he succeeded in solving the problem of all ages. He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Africa […].” [Samuel Baker]


Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Exploration, Illustrated, Travels
Author/ Illustrator
Speke, John Hanning
Book Title
Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1868
Edition
Illustrated Edition
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Publisher
New York: Harper and Brothers
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Number of pages
590
Dimensions
24×15 cm
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