New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1889. First edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. 2 volumes. 591 pp.; 562 pp. Bound in navy cloth with gold lettering and decorations on the front boards and the spines. 1,366 illustrations with a frontispiece in each volume and one full-page map in volume 1. Du Chaillu was a French-American zoologist and anthropologist, best-known for providing definitive scientific evidence of the existence of gorillas and for confirming the existence of an African pygmy tribe. These accomplishments brought Du Chaillu great fame, and he published numerous popular books and was a favorite on the lecture circuit during the mid-19th century. Du Chaillu's interests eventually shifted from Africa to Northern Europe, and the present book was the result of nearly nine years of extensive travel and research. A very attractive set of this important early work on the Vikings and the Norse influence on the British Isles. Near Fine. Item #00007806
A Near Fine set with bright gilt and cloth, a few traces of light rubbing and wear to the extremities, and a name written on the front paste down of each volume.