Lot 330 of 613:
Burton in search of the source of the Nile  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$2,400
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Title:
The Lake Regions of Central Equatorial Africa, with Notices of the Lunar Mountains and the Sources of the White Nile. Being the results of an expedition undertaken under the patronage of Her Majesty's Government and the Royal Geographical Society of London, in the years 1857-1859

Author:
Burton, Richard F.

Place:
London

Publisher:
John Murray

Date:
1859

Description:

In The Journal off the Royal Geographical Society, Volume the Twenty-Ninth. ccxxiv, 464 pp. Folding engraved map. (8vo) 20.6x13 cm (8¼x5¼"), modern half calf & cloth spine lettered in gilt.

First publication of Burton's account of his penetration into the interior of Africa, with John Hanning Speke as his second in command, in search of the source of the Nile River. The journey was to become as famous for the eventually hostile relationship between the two explorers as for any geographical knowledge gained, although the latter was significant. Published in book form the following year in the two volumes as The Lake Regions of Central Africa. Except for the preliminary matter, the entire volume of the Journal is devoted to Burton's narrative, the first time a whole volume was taken up by a single work. Burton was yet to have his disagreements with Speke and this work is shorter and less acrimonious than the book publication. Three small library inkstamps and a few other markings to title page. Penzer p.201.


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Condition:
Overall in fine condition, handsomely bound.


 
Item number:
287532
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