Henry M. Stanley - In Darkest Africa - 1890

Description
Henry M. Stanley - In Darkest Africa - 1890
Colonial history, History, Illustrated, Travels, Adventures & Explorers, Africa, Biography & Autobiography - Quantity: 2

Complete two volumes set for collectors of Stanley, 19th Century Travel Books, and for those interested in Equatorial Africa, the Nile, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Travel and Exploration.

In Darkest Africa, Or, the Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria


In Darkest Africa (1890) is Henry M. Stanley’s own account of his last adventure on the African continent. At the turn of that century, the interior of the African continent was largely unknown to the American and European public. In 1888, Stanley led an expedition to come to the aid of Mehmed Emin Pasha. The two volumes that compose In Darkest Africa; or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria are his account of what happened.

Item Description
Complete 2 volume set of First UK edition. An illustrated travel classic in original bindings. Illustrated with 150 illustrations including portrait frontispieces, full page plates, wood-cuts engravings, and 2 large fold-out maps. Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, London (1890). Publisher’s original illustrated brick red cloth covers with elaborate pictorial decorations in gilt and black, gilt title and author lettering to the spines and to the front covers, green end paper maps.

Volume I.
Tissue-guarded frontispieces of T. H. Parke, Captain Nelson, Stanley, Mounteney Jephson and W. G. Stairs
15 Full page plates
59 wood engravings in-text
Small map plate
Number of Pages: 529 including appendix, and index

Volume II.
Tissue-guarded portrait frontispieces of Stanley with facsimile signature
2 large colour fold out maps; map of the routes of the Amin Pasha Expedition to the Victorian Nyanza, and a map of Amin Pasha’s Province
A colour Profile Sketch of Ruwenzori and the valley of the Semliki
23 Full page plates
46 wood engravings in-text
Number of Pages: 472 + 2 pages of publishers’ ads.

Book Dimensions: 23 x 15cm
Combined weight in excess of 3kg.

Condition
Solid and well bound books. The bindings showing mild evidence of age or use. Wear to spine ends, edges, and boards’ corners. Rubbing to head and foot of spines. No writing or inscription. Tanning and spotting marks on some pages. First map is missing from volume one, and the folding map within volume two is complete, but ripped in several places (please see pictures). Inner hinges are good. All pages are tightly held at the gutter. Clear text and bright illustrations (Please see pictures).





Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
2
Subject
Adventures & Explorers, Africa, Biography & Autobiography, Colonial history, History, Illustrated, Travels
Author/ Illustrator
Henry M. Stanley
Book Title
In Darkest Africa
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1890
Edition
1st Edition
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Sampson Low
Binding/ Material
Hardback
Number of pages
1001
Dimensions
23×15 cm
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