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SCHWEINFURTH, Georg.

The heart of Africa

three years' travels and adventures in the unexplored regions of central Africa from 1868 to 1871.

Stock Code
98916
London, Sampson Low, 1873
£750

'At the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich, Schweinfurth specialized in geology and botany. An 1862 specimen-collecting trip up the Nile River to Khartoum won him support from a Berlin scientific institute for more extensive exploration in the equatorial area of Africa, in what is now the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He sailed south from Suez in the late summer of 1868 and reached the Nile via an overland route from the coast. From Khartoum he continued south in January 1869, then joined a group of ivory traders heading west through regions inhabited by the Dyoor, Dinka, Bongo, and Niam-Niam tribes; later, he reached the unknown kingdom of the cannibalistic Monbuttoo. On 19 March 1870, Schweinfurth discovered the Uele River, which would prove to be an important tributary of the Congo. He arrived back in Khartoum on 21 July 1871. The record of his journey

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First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, viii, 559; x, 521 pp., 2 frontispieces, 2 maps (1 folding), 24 full-page plates (1 in colour), numerous text illustrations throughout, original green pictorial cloth gilt, later endpapers, light wear, a very good set.

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