BAKER, Sir Samuel White (1821-1893). The Albert N'yanza, great basin of the Nile, and explorations of the Nile sources. London: R. Clay, Son & Taylor for Macmillan & Co., 1866.
2 volumes, 8° (220 x 140mm). Engraved double-portrait frontispiece to vol.I, tinted lithographic frontispiece to vol.II, 2 folding coloured lithographic maps in vol.I, 13 wood-engraved plates, 20 wood-engraved illustrations. (First map with 170mm. tear, plate facing p.269 in vol.I loosely inserted, some spotting to first few leaves in each volume.) Original green cloth upper covers and spines blocked in gilt (slight discolouration of spines, small chips at head and foot). Provenance: The Lady Wharnecliffe (presentation inscription 'The Lady Wharnecliffe from Sam W Baker 25 May 1866'); Edward Montagu Stuart Granville, Earl of Wharncliffe (armorial bookplate); sold Sotheby's March 29 1988 lot 504.
PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, this an early issue with the incorrect plate list in vol.II calling for two maps at end of the vol. that are at the front of vol.I. Volume I includes an additional plate, not on the plate list (opposite p.351).
Sir Samuel White BAKER. The Nile tributaries of Abyssinia, and the sword hunters of the Hamran arabs. London: R. Clay, Son and Taylor for Macmillan & Co., 1867. 8° (222 x 140mm). Engraved double-portrait frontispiece, 2 coloured lithographic maps, 1 folding, 23 wood-engraved plates. (Light spotting to the first few leaves). Original blue cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in gilt (spine cockled, slightly darkened and bumped at head and foot, stitching occasionally weak). Provenance: Rogers (early inscription). FIRST EDITION. The plate list is inaccurate and does not include the plate found facing p.504. [Together with:] a 1868 U.S. edition of the second work, published in Hartford, Conn., by O.D. Case & Co., and including 'A Supplementary Sketch relative to the captivity and release of English subjects and the career of the late Emperor Theodore. By Rev. W.L.Gage' (pp.591-606) which is not found in the first edition. (4)