24 September 2002
HARRY HAMILTON JOHNSTON (1858-1927)
British Central Africa. London: Methuen, 1897. 8° (250 x 178mm). 16 half tone plates, numerous illustrations, 6 coloured maps on 5 folding sheets. Original tri-coloured cloth, top edge gilt. FIRST EDITION, GIFT COPY with author's compliment slip laid down on front free endpaper. Includes a short account of how Stanley's 'arrival added two years more to Livingstone's life' (pp. 65-66). Hosken p. 110.
H.H. JOHNSTON. George Grenfell and the Congo. London: Hutchinson, 1908. 2 volumes, 8° (236 x 160mm). Photogravure frontispiece portraits, 36 plates, 7 maps, including large folding map at end of each volume, other maps and numerous illustrations in text, many full page. Original brown cloth, spines titled in gilt, top edges gilt (a little rubbed, front inner hinges of vol. I split, fore-edges spotted). FIRST EDITION. Contains many references to Stanley. Hosken p. 110; together with the same author's The Uganda Protectorate (London, 1902, 2 vols.) and Liberia (London, 1906, 2 vols.), both first editions in original cloth.
Harry Johnston was a strong supporter of Stanley in the 1890s and spoke up for him on several occasions. Johnston himself was very effective in helping to set up the British territory of Uganda. (7)
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