New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890.
First edition, de Luxe edition printed on thicker paper with extra illustrations, designated in red Author's Special Copy and signed by the author, #246 of 250 copies. , xv, , 529, ; , xv, , 472 pp. Illustrated with two photographic frontispieces, two large folding hand-colored maps, six etchings on special tipped-in paper, 37 engravings on papier chine, and over 100 textual woodcuts and engraving. 2 vols. Large 4to. AUTHOR'S SPECIAL COPY. Original three quarter dark green morocco, gilt-stamped vellum over boards, t.e.g., others uncut. Bookplate of I & F. W. Hosken. Near fine, a beautiful set Item #314797
Stanley's Darkest Africa is unquestionably one of the greatest travel books ever written. He not only discovered Dr. Livingstone, engendering one of the most famous one-liners in the English language, but he also discovered the Tanganyika. Stanley's route up the Congo and its Northern tributaries, through the terrible Central Forest, engaging the Pygmies to Ruwenzoro, journeying on to Lake Albert Edward and Albert Nyanzas, and homeward through Unjoro to the East Coast of Zanzibar, provided material for an unprecedented travel account of breathless adventure, suffering, and privation. It is perhaps the most extraordinary of all journeys in Africa.
The standard limitation fo the deluxe edition was 250 copies. The precise number of copies designated as Author’s Special Copy is not recorded but is very small (perhaps just a handful).
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