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SPEKE, John Hanning.

Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile.

Stock Code
90772
Edinburgh, Blackwood, 1863
£1,250

The account of Speke's third and final expedition to Africa. This took place in 1860 with his friend and fellow Indian army officer James Augustus Grant (1827-1892) on an expedition organized by the Royal Geographic Society and supported by the British government. Their purpose was to explore the Victoria Nyanza area and confirm Speke's earlier view that the lake was the source of the White Nile.

On 25 September 1860, their caravan left Zanzibar a force of 217 people, including armed men and porters bearing loads of beads, cloths, and brass wire intended as gifts for safe passage. They arrived at Kazé (today's Tabora, Tanzania) on 24 January 1861, but further headway was hindered by the defection of carriers, local warfare, the rapacity of chiefs who controlled travel through the territory, and a serious illness suffered by Speke. Moving north between lakes Tanganyika and Victoria, and often traveling separately, Speke and

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First edition. 8vo., xxxi, [1], 658 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Speke, engraved portrait of Grant (crease to corner), 24 engraved plates, 2 maps (1 laid down), illustrations in text, contemporary red half morocco gilt, neat repairs to joints and corners.

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