HENRY MORTON STANLEY (1841-1904)
Through the Dark Continent: or, The Sources of the Nile around the Great Lakes of Equatorial Africa and down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1878. 2 volumes, 8° (213 x 135mm). Lithographic frontispiece portraits, 32 wood-engraved plates, 6 coloured lithographic maps only (of 10), 2 folding, numerous illustrations, some full page. (Lacking 3 maps in vol. I and map in rear pocket of vol. II, occasional soiling of margins.) Red half calf and blue marbled boards, spines gilt with green morocco labels. FIRST EDITION. Hosken p. 189.
H.M. STANLEY. The Congo and the Founding of Its Free State: A Story of Work and Exploration. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington. 2 volumes, 8° (214 x 136mm). Frontispiece portraits, 42 wood-engraved plates, 5 folding coloured lithographic maps, including large map in each rear pocket. Red half calf, uniform with the previous work. FIRST EDITION. Hosken p. 189; together with first editions of In Darkest Africa (London, 1890, 2 vols., 8°), My Dark Companions and Their Strange Stories (London, 1893, 2 vols.), two later printings of Through the Dark Continent (London, 1890, 8°; and London, 1899, 2 vols., 4°), a later edition of My Kalulu (London, 1895), and German and Italian editions of the Autobiography (Munich, 1911, 2 vols; and Milan, n.d.), forming a uniformly bound set of works in 15 volumes (a few light scuff marks). (15)