BURTON, Richard Francis.

The lake regions of Central Africa. A picture of exploration.


The lake regions of Central Africa. A picture of exploration.

London, Longman, 1860.

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One of the most important Burton titles, considered by many to be his best piece of writing.

Burton travelled with Speke on their second journey together in order to found the “Jebel Kumri”, or the “Mountains of the Moon.” They made a brief examination of Lake Tanganyika, but with failing health they were forced to return to Kazeh to recuperate. Following this, Burton sent Speke off by himself to investigate a large lake. Speke became convinced that this was the source of the Nile; a conclusion disputed by Burton which led to their falling out and, probably, Speke’s mysterious death. This work contains Burton’s first attack on Speke in print.


First edition, two volumes, 8vo., xviii, 412; viii, 468 pp., twelve tinted woodcut plates, twenty-two woodcut illustrations in the text, folding tinted map, bound as an Eton College leaving gift in contemporary polished calf gilt, panelled spines in six compartments, tan morocco lettering piece to second, green morocco numbering roundel on citron morocco label to third, others richly gilt, raised bands, marbled edges, a fine set.

Provenance: Lea (?) Priestley Edwards from Francis Aylmer Graves Sawle (inscription Christmas 1864).


Penzer pp67-68.


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