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[BURTON, Richard Francis]. The Lake Regions of Central Equatorial Africa, with Notices of the Lunar Mountains and the Sources of the White Nile; being the results of an Expedition undertaken... in the years 1857-1859. London: W. Clowes and Sons, 1860. 8° (217 x 142mm). Folding route map heightened in colour. Later half calf gilt, original printed green wrapper bound-in at end. Inscribed 'From the author' on title-page and with his Arabic signature.
THE VERY RARE FIRST SEPARATE PRINTING AND AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY OF BURTON'S IMPORTANT WORK ON THE LAKE REGIONS. Burton signed this issue of 'The Lake Regions' which, as an offprint with a separate title-page and wrapper title, was likely given him by the printers for his own use. Clowes were printers to John Murray who, in turn, published the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society in which the work first appeared in 1859. The text is identical to that in the Journal of the R.G.S. but without the Index. It is considered Burton's best writing and is also his first attack in print on Speke, his chosen companion to Central Africa. Speke was the first to return to England and the first to publish, in Blackwood's Magazine, and took credit for their 'discovery' of Lake Nyanza and the source of the White Nile. Burton countered with his denouncement of Speke's 'inaccurate data and outrageous speculations' and the R.G.S. printed it in full, perhaps in retaliation for Speke having turned to Blackwood's Magazine for publication and not to its own august self the sponsors of the expedition. Penzer p. 67-68. Casada 43.
Richard Francis BURTON. The Lake Regions of Central Equatorial Africa, with Notices of the Lunar Mountains and the Sources of the White Nile... 1857-59. London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons for John Murray and the Royal Geographical Society, 1859. 8° (224 x 140mm). Folding map heightened in colour. Original printed light blue wrappers. THE VERY RARE FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION, being the bulk of The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Vol. XXIX, 1859. Penzer p. 67-68. Casada 126, Spink 19. (2)
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