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1 Anonymous Captain Speke's Welcome
London Blackwood's Magazine 1863 First Edition Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Blackwood's Magazine, 1863. Ephemera. An exerpt (pages 264-266 only) from Blackwood's Magazine, October of 1863, anouncing John Hanning Speke's return from his second attempt to discover the source of the Nile River. A rather scarce bit of ephemera. Tiny bit of tan at edges, faint wrinkle; else Fine. In modern stiff paper binding; blue, with a paper label on the front cover.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 Anonymous The Death of Speke
London Blackwood's Magazine 1864 First Edition Paperback Fine No Jacket 
London: Blackwood's Magazine, 1864. Famed African explorer John Hanning Speke returned from his second expedition, claiming to have discovered the source of the Nile. He was wrong, but it was a noble effort. One year after giving his report to the Royal Geographical Society, he died in a hunting accident. Here is the announcement of his death, from Blackwood's Magazine in October of 1864. Incomplete; pages 513-515 only. Fine condition, bright and clear. Bound in modern stiff green paper covers with a paper label on the front cover. . First Edition. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Anonymous The Nile [Expeditions of Speke, Grant and Baker]
London Blackwood's Magazine 1866 First Edition Paperback Fine No Jacket 
London: Blackwood's Magazine, 1866. Ephemera. An exerpt (pages 205-224 only) from Blackwood's Magazine, August of 1866, with a summary of the expeditions to the source of the Nile by Speke, Grant, and Baker. A rather nice bit of historical ephemera, in modern stiff paper binding; blue, with a paper label on the front cover. Text is Fine; binding nearly so, with a smudge on the rear cover.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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4 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. 
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5 Burton, Captain R.F. Burton [Translator] The Lands of Cazembe. Lacerda's Journey to Cazembe in 1798
London Royal Geographic Society/John Murray 1873 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: Royal Geographic Society/John Murray, 1873. The Brazilian/Portuguese explorer Francisco Jose de Lacerda e Almeida led an expedition to what is now part of Zambia; Burton's translation was a significant boon to African exploration; this title is one of the more desirable in his canon. Burton's portion ends at page 164; the book also includes "Journey of the Pombetros" translated by B.A. Beadle and "Resume of MM. Monteiro and Gamitto" by Dr. C.T. Beke. Penzer notes that Burton had also done two appendices that were rejected by the Society as controversial. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. While complete, it is a bit fragile. Blue cloth binding, ruled on the covers. Gilt titling on the spine, along with the crest of the Royal Geographic Society and the date 1873. Clean text, complete; vi, 271 pages, with a fold-out map in the front. Minor rubbing to the margins. Chips to the head and foot of the spine, the top one more extensive but not affecting the title. The rear hinge has cracked; this needs reinforcement. In an archival plastic protector. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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6 Burton, Richard F. A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome. With Notices of the So Called "Amazons,: The Grand Customs,the Yearly Customs, the Human Sacrifices, the Present State of the Slave Trade, and the Negro's Place in Nature [Two Volumes]
London Tinsley Brothers 1864 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Tinsley Brothers, 1864. Captain Burton's expedition had the goal of curtailing the slave trade; say what one needs to regarding colonialism, Britain made true efforts during the mid-19th Century to stop the slavers. These are Very Good copies of the Second Edition (stated), which corrects the misnumbered page 181 in the foirst issue. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather tips and spine; titling and rules in gilt on the spine. Perhaps a 19th-Century rebind. Clean texts; spotting to the endpapers and title pages; otherwise clear, bright, and unfoxed. Volume I is xvii, 386 pages with a frontis engraving of one of the "Amazons." Volume Two is vi, 413 pages, with a frontis engraving of the "King's Victims." Rubbing to the margins, with the spines dry and with some flaking; small chips at the head and foot. There are newer endpapers with reinforcements, but the front gutter of Volume One has cracked, needing a bit more work. . Second Edition. Quarter-Bound. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
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7 Burton, Richard F. Ultima Thule; or, A Summer in Iceland [2 Volumes]
London/Edinburgh William P. Nimmo 1875 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London/Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1875. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) is most-famed for eitherr his African explorations or his erotica. But he also spent the summer of 1872 in Iceland, where he made his typical keen observations. Penzer notes that he wrote a sequel, but it was never published. These are Near Fine copies of the First Edition, a scarce title. Two volumes, in a nicely-done modern library rebind. Blue cloth with designs in green and silver; titling on the spine in green and gilt. Clean texts, very fresh, bright, and unmarked or foxed. Volume One has xix, 380 pages; frontis engraving of Reykjavik, with ten others within; fold-out map of Iceland. Volume Two has vi, 408 pages; indexed. Frontis engraving of a Danish harbour scene; twenty others within; coloured fold-out map. Institutional treatments: call numbers in gilt on the foot of the spine; pockets on rear paste-downs with "discarded" stamp; embossed chop on the title-pages. Faint bit of rub to margins. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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8 Lander, Richard and John Journal of an Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of the Niger. With a Narrative of a Voyage Down That River to Its Termination [Volume !! Only]
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1858 Later Printing Hardcover Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1858. John Lander (1806-1839) and his brother Richard (1804-1834) were the first Europeans to follow the course of the Niger to its terminus in the Atlantic. First published in 1832; this is a Good copy of a Later Printing. Quercus speculates that this is part of Harper's "Famil;y Library" series, as it matches seen copies. This edition was printed in two volumes; this is Volume II only, and is missing the cloth of its spine. The binding is brown cloth (which presumably had gilt titling at one time!). Clean text; vii, continuing from 9 to 337 pages. Frontis engraving of John Lander. Contemporary ink signature on the Title Page. Other than the missing spine cloth, this is a rather sound little book. The textblock is bright and clear, generally unfoxed; spotting mainly to the endpapers. Please note the condition issue; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. As an important and scarce historical work, this would be worth the effort.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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9 Lander, Richard and John Journal of an Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of the Niger. With a Narrative of a Voyage Down That River to Its Termination [Volume One only]
New York Harper & Brothers 1837 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1837. John Lander (1806-1839) and his brother Richard (1804-1834) were the first Europeans to follow the course of the Niger to its terminus in the Atlantic. First published in 1832; this is a Good copy of an early Later Printing.This is part of Harper's "Famil;y Library" series (designated on the spine as "No.35"). The edition was printed in two volumes; this is Volume One only. Brown cloth binding with titling on the spine in gilt. Clean text; 384 pages. Containing the fold-out map between the Introduction and the first chapter; not seen in all printings. There is spotting throughout, but it does not interfere with the text, which remains clear and readable. Bumped corners. This is an ex-library copy, but the treatments tend toward the charming rather than the onerous. There is a number inked to the spine and an embossed chop to the Title Page. Contemporary label on the reverse of the FFEP; a later one on the front paste-down. The rear has a due date label and opposite on the rear paste-down is a pocket containing the card from the last check-out. In a nice bit of historical coincidence, the book was last checked out in 1937, one hundred years after its first appearance. A very sound book, and desirable despite these noted defects.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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10 Lander, Richard and John Journal of An Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of The Niger: With a Narrative of a Voyage Down That River to It's Termination [Two Volumes]
New York Harper & Brothers 1839 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1839. John Lander (1806-1839) and his brother Richard (1804-1834) were the first Europeans to follow the course of the Niger to its terminus in the Atlantic. First published in 1832; this is a Very Good (Minus) set of an early printing from seven years later. Historical significance and not common. Two small volumes of Harper's "Stereotype Edition," numbers 35 and 36 of "The Family Library." Pebbled brown cloth bindings with gilt titling on the spines. Clean texts, bright and clear, with occasional spotting. Illustrations throughout. Volume One is xiii, map, then continues from page 18 to 384; the frontis is a fold-out map. Volume Two is vii, beginswith page nine to page 337. An Appendix lists their stores and medicines for the trip. These are ex-libris copies from an historical society, indicated by labels on the front paste-downs and paper l;abels on the spine. The condition is basically sound, but a little tender. Bumped, and with chips to the head and foot of the spines. Minor repairs would allow another century of life. . Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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11 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; a couple of spots to the frontis illustration and TP. Corners are bumped and there is a small chip on one edge of the spine. Shows its age but is a decent copy nonetheless.. 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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12 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. 
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13 Livingstone, David The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death.
Hartford/Newark/Toledo/Chicago/San Francisco R.W. Bliss & Company [& Others] 1875 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Hartford/Newark/Toledo/Chicago/San Francisco: R.W. Bliss & Company [& Others], 1875. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, "Published by Subscription Only" and "Abridged from the Original London Edition. With a Narrative of His Last Moments and Sufferings, Obtained from His Faithful Servants Chumash and Susi by Horace Waller, F.R.G.S." Brick red cloth binding, decoratively stamped and filled with gilt on the front cover with an image of Livingstone crossing a river carried on the shoulders of a native. Clean text; xvii, 448 pages. 28 other illustrations, and a map. Frontis portrait of Livingstone, along with a second image of "Evening, Ilala...1873." . First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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14 Livingstone, David and Charles Narrative of an Expedition Tothe Zambesi and Its Tributaries; and of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa. 1858-1864
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1866 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1866. The Scottish missionary David Livinstone (1813-1873) was one of several famous explorers, including Burton, Speke, and Baker, who shared the Victorian obsession with discovering the sources of the Nile. His brother Charles (1821-1873) likewise had his health broken by Africa. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Red cloth binding with black titling on the spine. Clean text; 2-page illustration of the Great Cataracts of the Zambesi, xxii, 638 pages, fold-out map, and a six-page publisher's catalog of "Books of Travel and Adventure" (including two titles by Sir Richard Burton). Several discreet chops from former-owner and a stamp on the rear paste-down. There is light rubbing to the margins and the spine has darkened. While the lettering is readable, it is a bit obscure. Other than these minor defects, a solid copy of this important book.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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15 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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16 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. 
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17 Mowat, Farley People of the Deer
Boston Atlantic Monthly Press Book/Little Brown and Company 1952 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Samuel Bryant 
Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press Book/Little Brown and Company, 1952. This is a Near Fine copy of the author's first book, the First American Edition. Controversial when first published, due to its positive stance toward the Eskimo First Nation people. Thankfully, the dialogue has shifted, and Mowat's contribution toward justice is now recognized. Green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; ix, 320 pages; illustrated endpapers, yellow topstain. Tiny bit of rub to corners, with one corner bumped. Else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is clipped; shows wrinkling and small chips at the margins. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Samuel Bryant. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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18 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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19 Speke, John Hanning Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1864 First American Edition. 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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20 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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