HENRY MORTON STANLEY (1841-1904)
The Congo and the Founding of Its Free State: A Story of Work and Exploration. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1885. 2 volumes, 8° (220 x 140mm). Frontispiece portraits of Leopold and Stanley, 42 wood-engraved plates, 5 folding coloured lithographic maps, including large map in each rear pocket. (Frontispieces lightly spotted, D5-D6 in vol. I torn at margin after being carelessly opened.) Original pictorial brown cloth with gilt lettering, partly unopened. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Hosken p. 189.
Reviews of the 'Congo' and the Founding of Its Free State. Published May 1885. [London: 1885]. 4° (245 x 181mm). 117pp. (Title slightly browned and soiled.) Stitched. The earliest review was in the Times, May 26 1885, which comments: 'Mr. Stanley's narrative increases in interest as it proceeds. After he gets well up the Congo, when he comes into close contact with chiefs and people, after these have become thoroughly impressed with the white man's powers, as evidenced by rapid road-making, magnificent house-building, swift-sailing steamers, and Krupp guns (fired harmlessly up the river,) we have many dramatic episodes of the kind which his previous African books have made us familiar. His own enthusiasm seems to increase as he advances, and at Leopoldville, Bolobo, Aruwimi, and Stanley Falls we are treated to representations quite as graphic and impressive as anything in Through the Dark Continent.' The reviews form a fascinating record of the immediate critical acclaim the book met with, the last being from the New York Daily Mail, September 9 1885; together with J.R. Werner A Visit to Stanleys' Rear-Guard at Major Barttelot's Camp on the Aruhwimi (Edinburgh, 1889) and Léon Trouet Le Chemin de Fer du Congo (Brussels, 1898). (5)