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

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. First American Deluxe. Attractive, contemporary, 1/2 brown leather binding with original marbled boards and original marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. 2 volumes, 5.5" x 8.75", V 1, xiv, 2 - 547 with map pocket at rear endpaper includes map pocket with color map of the route the Emin Pasha expedition. V 2, pp. xv, 1 - 540 with map pocket containing 2 maps, Emin Pasha Province and The Great Forrest Region. Each volume leads off with an engraved frontispiece of Stanley at different stages of his life, and are filled with more than 147 illustrations. All maps have been reinforced with filmoplast on verso of folding seams. Attractive ex-libris bookplate of R. J. Bialy on both volumes fep. Both volumes have a reinforced gutter on verso of front endpaper. Rubbing along edges of original boards, rebacked yields a firm, tight text block. Includes an ANS by W. Goddard, Chas. Scribner's Sons to Judge W. Bartlett (possibly Judge Willard Bartlett, NY Supreme Court), "Is this style of binding satisfactory? (5.50 per vol.). Will call tomorrow. Please leave word with servant". Interesting note from the age of custom bindings for well healed collectors.

Henry Morton Stanley (1841 - 1904) was Welsh born and orphaned at an early age. He found his way to America and served on both sides during the Civil War. After the war he adventured in both the Middle East and Africa. Sponsored by the New York Herald, he set off in search of the famous Dr. Livingstone, who had not been heard from for over six years. Despite his heroics as an explorer, and being knighted in 1899, Stanley's legacy for work in the slave trade and as King Leopold's agent in the Congo, sear him with a tarnished reputation in the current age. Very good. Item #2014

"When I was commissioned, while yet a very young man, for the relief of David Livingstone, the missionary, I had no very fixed idea as to what manner of man he was...I proceeded to him with indifference, ready to take umbrage, but I parted from him in tears." (V2, p 228).

Price: $65.00

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