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LIVINGSTONE, David (1813-1873).-- Sir Samuel White BAKER (1821-1893). Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon. London: A. & G. A. Spottiswoode for Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855.
8° (222 x 138mm). 24pp. publisher's catalogue at rear, dated March 1856. 6 lithographic plates, printed in colours by M. & N. Hanhart after Baker. (Some light spotting.) Original green cloth, titled in gilt on spine, brown coated endpapers with letterpress publisher's advertisements on pastedowns (small split to lower joint). Provenance: David Livingstone (presentation inscription 'Dr. Livingston [sic.] With the Author's Compliments').
PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, TO LIVINGSTONE. The inscription does not appear to be in the hand of the author, and is most likely to have been inscribed by the publishers at Baker's request. Following his first wife's death in December 1855, Baker spent a number of years travelling on the Continent. Conversely, Livingstone, whose trans-African journey had been hailed by Sir Roderick Murchison of the Royal Geographical Society as 'the greatest triumph in geographical research which has been effected in our times', was in Britain from December 1856 and March 1858. He would have been an obvious name to be on Baker's list of suitable recipients of copies of his book. Abbey Travel II,415.
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