London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1890. [African Exploration] FIRST TRADE EDITION. Two volumes. Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.xvi; 529; ; pp.xvi; 472; . With 150 woodcut illustrations and maps, including three folding. Also with a copy of John Speke's map of eastern equatorial Africa loose to preliminaries of volume II. Publisher's brown cloth with titles and illustrations in black and gilt to spines and upper boards. Endpapers lightly decorated in green. Small red bookseller's stamps to preliminaries; ownerships to blank recto of frontispieces in blue ink and purple pencil. Light occasional spotting. Large tears to hinges of folding maps. Slightly shaken; rear hinges starting. Cloth rubbed to edges and joints; spines a little worn. Very good. Stanley's account of the Emin Pasha relief mission. Initiated in 1886 and directed along the Congo river into southern Sudan by Stanley's employer, Leopold II of Belgium, the mission became infamous as a result of the vicious behaviour of some of the British officers and the terrible conditions in the Ituri forest, which led to the deaths of more than half of the 389 members of the expedition. Item #53982
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