Exploration and Adventures in Equatorial Africa. With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals. Paul Du Chaillu.
Exploration and Adventures in Equatorial Africa. With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals
Exploration and Adventures in Equatorial Africa. With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals

Exploration and Adventures in Equatorial Africa. With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals.

London: John Murray, 1861.

First edition. Illustrated with 71 plates, including folding frontispiece of Gorilla and folding map at back. xviii, 479pp. 8vo. Bound in three quarters modern brown morocco and marbled boards, red title label. Fine Item #317012

The most celebrated work by Paul Du Chaillu (1835-1903), the explorer whose travels in Central Africa documented the existence of the "Monstrous and ferocious ape, the gorilla." This first expedition into Central Africa, supported by the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, commenced in 1856 and lasted close to four years and covered 8,000 miles. He amassed an amazing collection of rare birds and animals, and made several important discoveries about the rivers of the region. His "Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa" (1861) was initially greeted with ridicule, but his discoveries were confirmed and he was established as an expert on the region. After another expedition in 1863, he settled in America to lecture and write about Africa. All of his books "are very readable and contain interesting, lively descriptions which indicate a keen sense of observation on the part of the author" (DAB).

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