HENRY MORTON STANLEY (1841-1904)
In Darkest Africa or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1890. Demy 4° (290 x 220mm). Titles in red and black. Photogravure frontispiece to each volume, on India paper mounted, 36 wood-engraved plates on India paper, mounted, 6 etchings by M.G. Montbard signed by the artist in pencil, 4 coloured maps and plans (the 2 larger folding maps mounted on linen), one leaf of autograph facsimiles, numerous wood-engraved illustrations on India paper, mounted. (Wood-engarved plates in vol. I browned and spotted.) Original green half morocco with vellum on the covers, upper covers with title and author's facsimile autograph in gilt, spines titled in gilt, t.e.g., vol. II within original publisher's box (the box defective).
A VERY FINE SET: NUMBER 19 OF 250 COPIES IN THE DEMY QUARTO EDITION DE LUXE, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on limitation leaf at the front of vol.I. Stanley and Emin entered Bagamoyo on their donkeys, some way ahead of their caravan, on 4 December, 1889. It was sensational news. Emin was safe, although the expedition to relieve him had cost the lives of at least 700 people. Stanley began his account of the rescue at the Hotel Victoria, Cairo, on the 25 January 1890, working on it continuously for fifty days at the rate of 20 printed pages per day. The first portion of the manuscript was delivered to the printer's on 12 March and the last proof sheet returned for printing by Clowes on 3 June. 'It may be safely asserted ... that no work of travel of this magnitude was ever before produced in so short a space of time' (Author's and Publisher's Note, p.iv). Hosken p.189. (2)