New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1864. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 590 pp. Bound in original publisher's brown cloth with pale pink endpapers and pastedowns. All illustrations are present as well as the two maps. Includes four pages of advertisements. The illustrations are beautiful black and white lithographs, with what appears to be three steel lithographs, adding a striking visual element to Speke's account of his expedition through Eastern Equatorial Africa to find the source of the Nile. Illustrations include depictions of elephants, the natives of the region, Speke's crew members, water buffalo, antelope, and weapons and tools of the local tribespeople. The book was published after Speke's second expedition in search of the source of the Nile and appeared during the controversy between Speke and Richard Francis Burton regarding the Nile's source. Speke died of a self-inflicted (accidental) gunshot wound on September 15th, 1864, the day before a scheduled debate with Burton on the Nile dispute was to be held at the behest of the Royal Geographical Society in Bath. An attractive example of this important work in the history of European exploration. Very Good. Item #00007698
A Very Good book with mild fading to the spine, some rubbing to the edges of the boards, and very minor foxing throughout, not affecting the text or the plates.