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Journey to the Source of the Nile

John Henning Speke

Editorial: Harpers & Bros, New York, 1864
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Hirschfeld Galleries (Saint Louis, MO, Estados Unidos de America)

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Harper & Brothers, New York, 1864. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near fine in superb 19th century 3/4 gilt calf extra and marbled Italian stone boards and marbled endsheets and fore edges. Fine large folding map. at back of the book. Lovely bindng of a lovely copy. This is the first American edition after the English 1st edition. . 'With map and portraits, and numerous illustrations, chiefly from drawings by Captain Grant.' xxx,590 pages, [6 advertising] pages, very well illustrated, 2 maps (1 folding), "John Hanning Speke (May 4, 1827 - September 15, 1864) was an officer in the British Indian army, who made three voyages of exploration to Africa. He also created the Hamitic hypothesis, a suspected major cause of the Rwandan genocide. In 1854 he made his first voyage, joining the already famous Richard Francis Burton on an expedition to Somalia. Despite hardships, the two managed to reach the 'forbidden city' Harar. In 1856, Burton was asked to make a voyage to East Africa, to find the sources of the Nile. He again chose Speke as his companion. The two travelled inland from Zanzibar and discovered Lake Tanganyika. Burton and Speke were separated on Speke solo mission that discovered Lake Victoria and never resolved the confusion. Speke's focus on Lake Victoria as the source of the Nile was proved right by history, even though all the central lakes of Africa are inter related and serve as sources for the many great Rivers of Africa, This book and Burton's Central Lakes of Africa served as the basis for the great feature film entitled: The Mountains of the Moon. I assume this title is the native's coneption of the highlands of central Africa in whose bosom is found all these great lakes. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 1000152

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Título: Journey to the Source of the Nile

Editorial: Harpers & Bros, New York

Año de publicación: 1864

Encuadernación: 3/4 Calf

Condición del libro: Near Fine

Edición: First Edition.

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Hirschfeld Galleries, Established in 1930, is a full-line used, collectible, rare, and antiquarian book dealer located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Our collection comprises over 100,000 items, collected over 5 generations. We specialize in fine bindings, first editions, private press, early printed, and incunabula. We are happy to consult to institutions, private collectors, and the trade. We can offer appraisals, rare book searches, and collection advice.

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