In Darkest Africa, or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. Henry M. STANLEY.

In Darkest Africa, or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1890. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. In two volumes. Quarto, pp.xv, 529, pp.xv, 472. Number 247 of a limited printing of 250 copies, numbered and SIGNED by the author to the verso of the half title page of volume one. With six etchings, as well as 150 woodcut illustrations and maps. Bound in black half Morocco over vellum boards, with gilt decoration. Top edges gilt, all other edges untrimmed. Black ink ownership inscription of Caroline Churchill to front free endpaper of each vol., dated 1896. Very faint library stamps to title pages; very occasional further stamps. Moderate outer wear with some rubbing to joints; a few bumps and marks. Tail cap of vol. I lightly pulled. Good overall. 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 #48281

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