• 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 176

    PARK, Mungo (1771-1806). Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa performed under the direction and patronage of the African Association in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797 London: W. Bulmer and Co. for the author, and sold by C. and W. Nicol, 1799.

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    PARK, Mungo (1771-1806). Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa performed under the direction and patronage of the African Association in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797 London: W. Bulmer and Co. for the author, and sold by C. and W. Nicol, 1799.

    4o (271 x 213 mm). Half-title. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Park by T. Dickinson after H. Edridge, 5 engraved plates (2 folding), 3 folding maps (one with routes outlined in color), and 2 leaves of engraved music (some light spotting and offsetting). Contemporary diced russia, spine gilt (joints cracked, some wear at extremities).

    FIRST EDITION OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC OF TRAVEL LITERATURE. Park's narrative of the journey forms both a great travel book and a work which is valued "for its scientific obervations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes"(PMM). The first publication to provide accurate information on the interior regions of Africa, the work was an immediate success. Two more editions were published in 1799 and it was translated into most European Languages. PMM 253.

    [With:] PARK. The Journal of a Mission in to the Interiors of Africa, in the Year 1805. London: W. Bulmer and Co., for John Murray, 1815.

    4o (267 x 210 mm). Half-title. One folding engraved map with route hand-colored in outline (small tear along at inner margin). Contemporary speckled calf, covers with tooled border stamped in blind, spine gilt (joints cracked, some minor wear at extremities). Provenance: The Marquis of Stafford (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of Park's tragic second expedition to the Niger in which he and most of his men died. This work is pieced together from his journal and accounts from Amadi Fatouma and Isaaco, traders and guides who accompanied the party during various parts of their ordeal. (2)


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