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1 Anonymous ("An American") Journal of a Voyage Up the Nile, Made Between the Months of November, 1848, and April, 1849. By An American
Buffalo Phinney & Co. 1851 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Buffalo: Phinney & Co., 1851. First published in 1849 by G.P. Putnam; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing, from two years later. Institutional holdings, but not a common book in the trade. Brown cloth binding, decoratively stamped; decorations and titling on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 162 pages; frontis engraving and map, other illustrations. Contemporary signature (1855) on the FFEP, along with a bookseller chop. The front paste-down has an inked number, probably signifying a private library. There is a laid-in clipping (which looks of the era) of a song/poem at Page 106. Mildly bumped, with a slight rub to head and foot of the spine (the gilt remains bright). The text is in exceptionally nice condition, remaining clear and bright, with only an occasional spot.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2 Livingstone, David Livingstone's Travels and Researches in South Africa
Philadelphia G.G. Evans 1858 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Philadelphia: G.G. Evans, 1858. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition, "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...To Which is Added a Historical Sketch of Discoveries in Africa. Illustrated with Numerous Engravings." Publisher's brown cloth binding, blindstamped on the covers; ruled, with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 446 pages. Very bright and clear; unfoxed. Corners are bumped and there is a small chip on one edge of the spine. Rather a nice copy.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Livingstone, David Livingstone's Travels and Researches in South Africa...From the Personal Narrative of David Livingstone, LL.D., D.C.L. [Etc.]
Philadelphia J.W. Bradley 1858 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: J.W. Bradley, 1858. "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...To Which is added A Historical Sketch of Discoveries in Africa. Illustrated with Numerous Engravings." This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition of Stanley's famous travails in Africa. Brown publisher's cloth binding, heavily stamped with decorations; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xiv, then begins at "9" continuing to 440 pages. Illustrated with many engravings. The text has only some light spotting throughout. Rubbed at the margins and all corners bumped. Nonetheless, a respectable copy of this classic adventure.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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4 Moorehead, Alan The Blue Nile
New York and Evanston Harper & Row, Publishers 1962 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1962. The second of Moorehead's history of the explorations of the Nile Basin; this volume reaches back a bit further than his first volume, "The White Nile." This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). No longer a common book. Blue cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine; Harper logo on the front cover. Clean text; 308 pages; indexed. Decorative endpapers and chapter heads; 26 pages of photos; maps, including one that folds out. Laid-in is a copy of the BOMC flyer advertising Moorehead's other title on African exploration, "The White Nile." Just a hint of a splay; else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus). Unclipped, with some wrinkling, minor chipping, and a few closed tears. In an archival plastic protector.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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5 Moorehead, Alan The White Nile
New York Harper & Brothers 1960 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Fine Very Good 
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960. The first of Moorehead's books on the Nineteenth-Century exploration of Africa and the search for the source of the Nile. This is a Fine copy of the Book Club Edition. Nicely bound in an orange-ish cloth, with titling and decorations in silver. Clean text; 385 pages; indexed. Illustrated with photographs and maps (including the endpapers. Laid into page 12-13 is the BOMC flyer. The dustjacket is Very Good, with chipping at the margins. A great reading copy of a fascinating story. In an archival plastic protector.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 Scott, Robert F. Scott's Last Expedition. The Personal Journals of Captain R.F. Scott, R.N., C.V.O., On His Journey to the South Pole
London John Murray 1923 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: John Murray, 1923. Robert F. Scott (1868-1912) has achieved mythological status in the world of adventure and exploration. Originally published in 1913, just after his arctic death, by Smith, Elder; this is a Near Fine copy of th "Cheap Edition" from Murray. Quercus would offer that there is nothing cheap about the production values; beautiful blue decorative cloth binding, with a scene of men trekking along the ice and snow, printed in black and a lighter blue; the title on the spine, with a guardian penguin, is gilt. Clean text; 521 pages, indexed, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Hints of bumping, and top edge a bit dusty; else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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7 Speke, John Hanning Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1864 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1864. Originally companions, Richard Burton and John Speke eventually were rivals and antagonists in the search for the source of the Nile River; one of the great colonial explorations of the Nineteenth Century. Here is Speke's account, published in the same year as his death; he was eventually vindicated. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Publisher's pebbled brown cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xxx, 590 pages; Appendix. Frontis portrait of Speke, with other illustrations and maps. The fold-out map in the rear is fully present, but has some chipping and creasing. There is a stain affecting the fore-edge from page 35 to 85; rubbed at the edges of the covers and chipping along the spine margins. A basically sound copy, that could use a little restoration work.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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8 Stanley, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. Or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria (2 Volumes)
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1890 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) led one of the most adventurous of British lives, from serving in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, to his "finding" of David Livingstone, and to tracing the Congo River to its source. He wrote this account of his rescue of Emin Pasha in 1886, which became a very controversial action.These are Very Good copies of the First American Edition. Two volumes, in a green decorative cloth binding, blindstamped with the map of Africa on the front covers; lettered in gilt; portrait figure of Stanley on the spine. Engravings, illustrations, and maps (map is present in Volume 2 pocket; missing in Volume 1). Clean text; 547 pages, indexed, and 539 pages, with Appendix. Occasional smudge from usage. Volume One has an interesting small label on the RFEP from the "Protective Association, Publishers and Bookseller." Generally solid condition, but bindings are rubbed at their margins. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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9 [Burton, Capt. R.F.] Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society. Vol. IX. Session 1864-5. Nos I. To VI Edited By the Assistant Secretary
London William Clowes and Sons 1865 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: William Clowes and Sons, 1865. This book is the transcript of the November 14 (1864) meeting of the Royal Geographical Society, some two months after the death of John Hanning Speke. Captain (not yet "Sir") Richard F. Burton gives his reasons why he thinks that the question of the Nile River has not been settled; other parties concerned with the raging debate also spoke at the meeting. This is a rare and historically important book. A Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Blue pebbled cloth binding; gilt ruling, titling, and date on the spine.Clean text; viii, 322 pages; indexed. The text is exceptionally fresh and clear, with no foxing. The spine has faded and the titling is rubbed; overall a solid and attractive copy of this historically significant event.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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