STANLEY, Sir Henry Morton (1841-1904). How I found Livingstone; travels, adventures, and discoveries in central Africa; including four months' residence with Dr. Livingstone. London: William Clowes & Sons for Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, 1872.
8° (220 x 140mm). Half-title, 8pp. publisher's advertisements dated October 1872 at end. Frontispiece mounted portrait photograph of Stanley, wood-engraved portrait of James Gordon Bennett, 5 maps, 4 folding, 3 of these in two colours, 2 of these with routes marked in red], 27 wood-engraved plates, numerous wood-engraved illustrations. (Repair to upper margin of 'list of illustrations' leaf, 2R5 and 6 with outer blank margins repaired, first folding map torn and repaired, some spotting.) Original brown cloth, blocked in black and gilt (rebacked, old spine laid down, inner hinges strengthened, rubbed and scuffed), 20th-century cloth box. Provenance: Agnes Livingstone (autograph presentation note from the author pasted onto front pastedown, dated 5 November 1872).
AGNES LIVINGSTONE'S COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION: presented to Livingstone's eldest child. The note inserted reads 'To Miss Agnes Livingstone the daughter of the great Traveller whom I met in Ujiji. Nov 10th 1872. [sic.] with the good wishes and kindest regards of Her very humble & Obedt. Servt. Henry M. Stanley London. Nov 5th 1872.' With the controversy that surrounded the news of Stanley's success in finding Livingstone, he was very grateful for the support of Livingstone's family, as the present inscription shows - this impression was re-inforced by Stanley in the discarded preface to the present work (see lot 453 m/s no 343) in which he wrote 'The children and relatives of the great traveller... related, in moving and grateful terms, their thanks to me for the discovery of their illustrious father; and these... it shall be my duty to treasure, as the best reward that could be given to me'.