Item #368677 Autograph Manuscript, “Observations at the Congo Mouth Feb. 1863 / from Log of H.M.’s S. ‘Griffin’”. Richard F. Burton.
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Autograph Manuscript, “Observations at the Congo Mouth Feb. 1863 / from Log of H.M.’s S. ‘Griffin’”.

N.p: February 1863.

Price: $1,500.00


About the item

Ink on paper, 12 lines. 1 vols. 5-1/2 x 7-1/2. Old folds, small rectangular portion excised. Very good. Howgego IV, B97.

Item #368677

A record of meteorological information off the coast of Angola and at the mouth of the Congo River

Burton was stationed on the island of Fernando Po as consul and toward the end of July 1863 “he boarded HMS ‘Torch’ for a voyage down the coast to Loango, and from there took ship another ship to Luanda in Angola. On 22.8.63 he took a third ship to the mouth of the Congo, and travelling overland and by small boat, made his way up river as far as the first cataract” (Howgego).

Record of barometric readings and wind directions was copied by Burton from the Log of F.F. Flynn, Captain and surgeon on HMS Griffin, and was printed in the appendix to Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (1876).