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Henry Morton Stanley

Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, soldier, colonial administrator, author and politician who was famous for his exploration of Central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone, whom he later claimed to have greeted with the now-famous line: 'Dr. Livingstone, I presume?'.

Besides his discovery of Livingstone, he is mainly known for his search for the sources of the Nile and Congo rivers, the work he undertook as an agent of King Leopold II of the Belgians which enabled the occupation of the Congo Basin region, and his command of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. He was knighted in 1897, and served in Parliament as a Liberal Unionist member for Lambeth North from 1895 to 1900.

 

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  1. First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, xxvii, 528; x, 483 pp., 2 large maps in pockets at end of volumes, 3 further folding maps, 44 full-page engraved plates, including frontispieces, numerous text illustrations throughout, original brown pictorial cloth gilt, a fine set.

    £2,500
  2. Copyright edition. 3 vols, 8vo, inscribed by Stanley, 6 engraved plates, contemporary half calf gilt, lightly rubbed, a very good copy.

    £1,750
  3. Trifold (19 x 9.3 cm approx) extending to 19 x 27 cm., engraved title, partly coloured map, a fine example.

    £350
  4. First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., xxvii, 528; x, 483pp., 2 large maps in pockets at end of volumes, 3 further folding maps, 44 full-page engraved plates, including frontispieces, numerous text illustrations throughout, original pictorial green cloth gilt, lightly rubbed, a very good set.

    £1,850
  5. First edition. 8vo, with a tipped-in photograph and an autograph letter by Stanley, 12 printed leaves, on green or blue paper, mounted on thick white card. With photographic portraits of Stanley, W.G. Stairs, Thomas Heazle Parke, Robert Henry Nelson, and A.J. Mounteney-Jephson by Henry van de Weyde, London, mounted on 5 leaves, with two further photographic prints showing the Stanley Testimonial Shield and medallions designed by Henry Wellcome, both mounted on one page. Original calf, upper cover embossed with the shield of the United States emblazoned with the name 'Stanley', and with the American eagle above, white-and-gold patterned endpapers, gilt edges, neatly rebacked, a very good copy.

    £3,500
  6. First U.S. edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, inscribed presentation copy. xv, 529; xv, 472 pp., 2 pages ads at end, 2 frontispieces, 3 folding maps (2 large with tears to folds), 37 plates, numerous text illustrations, modern brown half morocco gilt over old marbled boards.

    £5,000
  7. Inscribed EMIN PASHA RELIEF EXPEDITION 1887 & 1889, impressed on base Doulton. Lambeth with other marks, 19.5 cm.

    £900
 

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