New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890-1891. [African Exploration] FIRST US EDITIONS. Two volumes. Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.xvi; 547; ; pp.xvi; 540; With two steel engravings, and one hundred and fifty illustrations and maps, pockets containing loose maps to the rear of each volume.Elegantly hand-bound in mid-green half calf over marbled sides, spine ruled in six compartments with raised bands, gilt-lettered to red and black title labels. Some gentle toning to paper stock else contents clean; binding unmarked. An attractive copy in a striking recent leather binding. 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 #54872
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