PHILIP BEAVER (1766-1813)
African Memoranda: Relative to an attempt to establish a British settlement on the island of Bulama on the Western Coast of Africa in 1792. London: C. and R. Baldwin, 1805. 4° (271 x 215mm). Folding engraved frontispiece map, 2 engraved plans, each with explanatory leaf of text. (Some light spotting and occasional marginal soiling.) FIRST EDITION. The dedication is 'To that man, of whatever nation, who, with equal means, shall do more towards the introduction of civilization, by cultivation and commerce, to the inhabitants of the Western coast of Africa, than was effected by the enterprise of which the following sheets are descriptive ....' Below the inscription, Dorothy Stanley has written in pencil 'To Stanley -- That man!' signing and dating the inscription 1910.
RENE CAILLIE (1799-1838). Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo. London: Henry Colburn, 1830. 2 volumes, 8° (213 x 135mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, 2 folding maps and 5 plates only (lacks the plate of Caillié meditating upon the Koran, some spotting, two preface leaves in vol. II misbound, short tears to folding maps.) FIRST EDITION.
ALEXANDER GORDON LAING. Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolima Countries in Western Africa. London: John Murray, 1825. 8° (214 x 133mm). Folding engraved frontispiece map and 7 plates. (Some spotting of plates and offsetting onto text.) FIRST EDITION.
MACGREGOR LAIRD (1808-1861) AND R.A.K. OLDFIELD. Narrative of an Expedition into the Interior of Africa by the River Niger in the steam-vessels Quora and Alburkah in 1832, 1833 and 1834. London: Richard Bentley, 1837. 2 volumes, 8° (213 x 134mm). Engraved frontispieces, 4 plates and one chart. (Some soiling.) Provenance: Durham Subscription Library (stamp on plate versos). FIRST EDITION. A minority of recorded copies appear to have two charts, although the plate list calls for only one.
The 4 works bound in uniform late 19th-century red half morocco, spines lettered and, except for the final volume, dated in gilt 1888. 8° (214 x 136mm). Folding coloured map. (Some marginal soiling.)
The 4 works bound in uniform late 19th-century red half morocco, spines lettered and dated in gilt, top edges gilt (light ink spots on spines). A FINE SET OF WORKS ON EARLY EXPEDITIONS INTO WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA. (6)