7 - 8 April 2004
SPEKE, John Hanning (1827-1864). Autograph letter signed to James Augustus Grant, 45 George Street [Edinburgh], 23 [September 1863], on blue paper, 2 pages, 8vo, signed and dated by Grant at the foot ('Civil House 29th Sep[tembe]r 1863'), (a few light stains, outer portion of integral blank leaf removed); and a copy of Young England, February 1860, quoting Speke on the discovery of Lake Nyanza.
Final details for the publication of Speke's Journal of the Discovery of the Nile: 'I am just sending nine chapters to press and have ordered a set of the proofs to be sent to you'. Grant is to supply a 'short and pithy' letter, and any other remarks in the margin, for the next edition. Speke has 'over written the book by 100 pages' and will have to 'prune down that much'. Blackwood also wants a photograph of Grant: the portrait by Phillips will not do, 'photo portraits are so much more liked'.
The Journal was published in December 1863. Speke spent some weeks in Scotland during the late summer and autumn, staying with John Blackwood, his publisher, who had agreed to honour the terms offered earlier by John Murray. Henry Wyndham Phillips painted Speke and Grant in 1863 with 'Bombay', the freed slave who accompanied Speke on his major expeditions, in the background.
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