LIVINGSTONE, David (1813-1873). Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years' residence in the interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coats; thence across the continent, down the river Zambesi, to the eastern ocean. London: W. Clowes & Sons for John Murray, 1857.
8° (220 x 140mm). 8pp. publisher's advertisements at back, dated 1 November 1857. Title with wood-engraved vignette, folding wood-engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of the author, 22 wood-engraved plates, folding wood-engraved and letterpress plate of a geological section, 2 folding maps with routes marked by hand in red one in pocket at end, 20 wood-engraved illustrations, extra-illustrated with a small (74 x 53mm.) loosely inserted photograph of the author, and an ephemeral printed item of 1p. headed 'Westminster Abbey. April 18th, 1874. Hymn to be sung at the funeral of Dr. Livingstone...' tipped onto front free endpaper. (15mm. tear to plate facing p.332, touching the title but not affecting the image area). Original brown morocco-grained cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine blocked in blind and lettered in gilt (neatly recased, inner hinges repaired), 20th-century brown cloth box. Provenance: Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871, presentation inscription from the author 'Sir Roderick I. Murchison with the kindest regards of his affectionate friend David Livingstone London 2nd. Novr. 1857', by descent:); Kenneth Robert Murchison (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE: THE DEDICATION COPY WARMLY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. The geologist Murchison had been elected President of the Geographical Society in 1843, and in addition to being a friend was also one of the most influential and useful allies that Livingstone had at the time of the publication of this work. Livingstone had become dissatisfied with his original employers, the London Missionary Society, for their apparent lack of enthusiasm for expanding the work in Africa, their criticism of his work and for their niggardly attitude to money. In January 1857, Murchison set up a testimonial fund for Livingstone which eventually raised about £6,400, and during the spring and summer of 1857 he used his influence to secure him a job working for the British government. The printed dedication makes clear that Livingstone fully appreciated Murchison's work on his behalf: 'To... Murchison... This Work is affectionately offered as a Token of Gratitude for the kind ineterest he has always taken in the Author's pursuits and welfare". Cf. Abbey Travel I, 347 (second issue); Lloyd & Lashbrook 1a; Mendelssohn I,p.908.