• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 169

    DENHAM, Dixon (1786-1828), Hugh CLAPPERTON (1788-1827) and others. Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, in the years 1822, 1823, and 1824, by Major Denham, Captain Clapperton, and the late Doctor Oudney, extending across the Great Desert to the tenth degree of northern latitude, and from Kouka in Bornou, to Sackatoo, the capital of the Fellatah empire. London: Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1826.

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    DENHAM, Dixon (1786-1828), Hugh CLAPPERTON (1788-1827) and others. Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, in the years 1822, 1823, and 1824, by Major Denham, Captain Clapperton, and the late Doctor Oudney, extending across the Great Desert to the tenth degree of northern latitude, and from Kouka in Bornou, to Sackatoo, the capital of the Fellatah empire. London: Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1826.

    2 parts in one volume, 4o (284 x 229 mm). Folding engraved general map, 37 engraved plates and maps (25 hand-colored), numerous wood-engraved illustrations. (Minor spotting or browning.) Contemporary boards, uncut (rebacked with morocco). Provenance: Sir Willoughby Gordon (1772-1851), army officer and a commander of the Royal African Corps from 1808-1812 (presentation inscription from the author).

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed on the title to: "Lt. Genl. Sir Willoughby Gordon, K.C.B., from his obliged & faithful servant, Dixon Denham." Lowndes called the first work "The most interesting and important work yet published on the subject of African reseaches" (Lowndes). Howgego 1800-1850 C33; Lowndes I, p.629.


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