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Missionary travels and researches in South Africa;

including a sketch of sixteen years residence in the interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the West Coast; thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the eastern ocean.

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London, Murray, 1857

The publisher's copy of the most famous of all African Exploration books with autograph notes by Livingstone and extra illustrations.

Dr. Livingstone recounts his travels through South Africa, with the discovery of Lake Ngami, while accompanied by his wife and William Cotton Oswell. Oswell and the author continued their journey, discovering the Zambesi River, and, eventually, the Victoria Falls (Czech).

In the period between 1849 and 1856, his explorations took him to Lake Ngami across the Kalahari Desert, to the Zambezi River, and from there west to the Atlantic Ocean at Loanda (today's Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola). He turned down a chance to return to England, but entrusted his reports, maps, and letters for transport. The ship went down with all hands except one, and all of Livingstone's papers were lost, forcing him to re-create everything. He followed his track back to Linyanti (in Botswana) and then decided to assess the

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First edition. 8vo, the publisher's copy with an autograph note by Livingstone loosely inserted, ix, 687 pp., folding tinted lithographed frontispiece, 2 tinted lithographed plates, both duplicated, 20 wood-engraved plates, illustrations in the text, one full-page, 2 folding engraved maps by Arrowsmith, extra-illustrated with 2 further tinted lithograph plates, 1 double-page, both captioned by Livingstone, one in ink and one in pencil, contemporary green morocco gilt by Holloway, red endpapers, gilt edges, an excellent example.


Czech p97; Mendelssohn I, 908-910; PMM 341.

Stock ID:96777

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