Stanley | Henry M.

In Darkest Africa

First Edition



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First American edition of Henry M. Stanley’s In Darkest Africa, handsomely rebound in three-quarter leather.

Octavo, [two volumes], xiv, 547pp; xvi, 540pp. Publisher’s full morocco, title in gilt, stamped in blind. Raised bands, all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Both volumes with solid text blocks, solid hinges. Bookplate in each volume on second free endpaper. Conservative leather restoration at heel of spine of Volume II. Both volumes complete, with steel engraved frontispieces, 52 full page plates, and a color plate in Volume II. Includes 3 fold-out maps laid into each volume at rear. Maps all in near fine condition, delicate at folds, light offsetting to verso from pouch. (Hosken 189) An attractive set.

Sir Henry Stanley was famous for his exploration of central Africa. This book recounts his journey to relieve Emin Pasha, the besieged Governor of Equatoria. The book was an international best seller, selling 150,000 copies shortly after publication in 1890.

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New York


Charles Scribner's Sons


First Edition

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Leather bound


Near Fine


Stanley | Henry M.

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Henry M. Stanley