STANLEY, Henry Morton (1841-1904). My Early Travels and Adventures in America and Asia. New York: Caxton Press for Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895. 2 vols., 8° (191 x 131mm), photogravure frontispieces (a few marginal tears). Original green cloth, vol. II partly unopened (lightly rubbed, light waterstain on vol. I). PRESENTATION COPY TO MAJOR JAMES B. POND (1838-1903, author's inscription in each vol. dated 12 Sept. 1895, Pond's annotations in pencil in vol. one, and bookplate).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Major Pond, who had known Stanley from the mid 1860s, was the organiser of his first American lecture tour in 1886 (interrupted by the Emin Pasha relief expedition) and of a full tour in 1890-91. Stanley's inscriptions commemorate their travels through America: 'Remember our Trans-Continental trip in 1890-91' and 'With best compliments to my compagnon du voyage, Major Pond of Lyceum Fame'. Pond's own annotations remark on the numerous men he also knew or places he had seen for the two men shared a background of travelling in 'Indian country'.
STANLEY, H.M. Tour in the USA, 1890-91 -- New York Press Club Annual Banquet in Honor of Henry M. Stanley, Jan. 31st 1891. New York: . Bifolium, printed in red and blue (old folds with some tears). Together with the guest list for the same dinner and a printed ticket, admitting Pond; an autograph endorsement signed ('Henry M. Stanley') on final verso of a manuscript contract ('Duplicate') in Major Pond's hand, London, 7 June 1890, 2 pages, 8vo, on Arts Club paper; and an autograph letter signed ('Henry M. Stanley') to Major Pond, London, 3 March 1903. 4 pages, 8vo. (7)