STANLEY AND AFRICA: Also the Travels, Adventures, and Discoveries of Captain John H. Speke, Captain Richard F. Burton, Captain James W. Grant, Sir Samuel and Lady Baker, and other Distinguished Explorers
[Stanley, Henry M.; Speke; Burton; Grant et al]
Price: 495.00 USD
(London: Walter Scott, [ND, c. 1870's]), FIRST EDITION AND RARE IN THIS CONDITION. This is a very fine general survey of African exploration during the Victorian era, incorporating chapters on Stanley, Speke, Burton and many of the other most important explorers of the period. Much like the astronauts of the Apollo era, these explores in Africa were great heroes of their age and their toils and adventures thrilled readers around the world who were always eager to learn more. An excellent example of a decorated Victorian cloth binding in fine condition. The colour plates are particularly vivid and striking. First edition. Illustrated with twelve vivid colour plates including a frontispiece and decorated half-title. 4to, publisher's original red textured cloth with fine pictorial decorations in black and gilt on the upper cover and spine in all-over designs, the lower cover stamped in blind. vii, 662, 2 ads. An especially fine, bright and handsome copy, unusual thus, clean within and without, the spine with only very slight mellowing.