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BURTON, Richard Francis, and James MACQUEEN. The Nile Basin. Part I.... Part II. Captain Speke's Discovery of the Source of the Nile. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1864.
8° (212 x 142mm). Three engraved maps, 4pp. advertisements at end. Original purple-brown cloth gilt, covers triple-ruled in blind, (a little shaken, spine rubbed).Provenance: Mr Allum (presentation inscription).
PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION FROM THE CO-AUTHOR, inscribed on half-title to 'Mr. Allum with Mr. Macqueen's best respects.' MacQueen first confronted Speke in a meeting of the R.G.S. in June 1859, questioning the accuracy of his quoted latitudes relative to vegetation. Speke was evasive and Macqueen's suspicions took root.
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