Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean. David Livingstone.
Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean
Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean

Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean.

London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1857.

First edition. Folding engraved frontispiece of Victoria Falls (neatly silked), 3 folding maps (one in rear pocket), 24 plates, and numerous text illustrations. x, 687, [1] pp. 1 vols. Thick 8vo. Bound in three quarter modern brown morocco and marbled boards, maroon leather tile label. Fine, text with some foxing Abbey 347; Mendelssohn. Vol. I, pp. 908-909; Printing and the Mind of Man 341. Item #317013

"Livingstone's services to African geography ... are almost unequalled ... he explored vast regions of central Africa, many of which had never been seen by white men before" (PMM).

One of the great classics of African travel. When Livingstone returned to England after sixteen years in Africa, he was immediately awarded the Royal Geographical Society's gold medal. These years saw him seek to fulfil his obligations to the London Missionary Society, he made two long journeys north try to find a better station for the mission to operate from. He later travelled to Lake Ngami and, most importantly, in the years 1854-6, he made his great crossing of Africa from Luanda on the west coast to Quelimane on the east. All of this is recorded in his account. He set the standard that the likes of Stanley, Speke and Burton all tried to attain.

His account not only set out his adventures and experiences, but it filled with notes on natural history, anthropology, tropical medicine, and religion. Furthermore, Czech notes that the work also contains sporting interest: "There are numerous sporting incidents with hunts after lions, buffalo, elephants and a variety of plains game, even though Livingstone did not consider himself a sportsman"

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