London: Sampson Low, Marston, & Searle, 1875. [South African Adventure] SECOND UK EDITION. Octavo (20 x 15cm), pp.viii; 232 . Publisher's catalogue dated February 1875. With 50 engraved plates by Ferat, including a frontispiece. Publisher's purple cloth, with bevelled edges to boards, and gilt and black titles and decoration to spine and upper. All edges gilt. Repairs to split hinges. Water staining to endpapers, including some bleeding from the purple cloth. Light spotting and toning throughout; a distinct tobacco scent. Moderate rubbing to cloth, with heavy toning to spine and board edges. Very good. A group of Russian and English scientists travel through the Kalahari desert in order to accurately measure the circumference of the Earth, only to discover in the middle of their work that their two countries have gone to war... This first English translation was originally published in 1872. Item #57454
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