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SPEKE, John Hanning.

What led to the discovery of the source of the Nile.

Stock Code
93535
London, Blackwood, 1864
£3,000


A scarce work detailing the discovery of Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria, with interesting provenance.

George Findlay was 'active in mapping the discoveries being made in Africa and the quest for the source of the Nile. He was a friend of David Livingstone and made the official maps of the routes taken by Burton and Speke in their journeys in 1858-9' (ODNB). This copy has some pencil marginalia probably by Findlay.

Map making was crucial to Speke; in Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile , he writes 'My first occupation was to map the country. This is done by timing the rate of march by watch, taking compass-bearings along the road, or on any conspicuous marks—as, for instance, hills off it—and by noting the watershed—in short, all topographical objects. On arrival in camp every day came the ascertaining, by boiling a thermometer, of the altitude of the station

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Description

First edition. 8vo, x, [1], 372 pp., frontispiece, 1 double-page and 1 folding map, original brown cloth gilt, an excellent copy.

Bibliography

Hilmy II, p255.

Stock ID:93535

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