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SPEKE, John Hanning.

What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

Stock Code
96007
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1864
£3,250

First edition of Speke's account of his momentous discovery of Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, undoubtedly less common that his Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, especially so in collector's condition. Although it was published the year after the Journal, this work documents the first expedition arranged by the Royal Geographical Society, during which his corrosive rift with Burton first developed over Speke's disputed sighting of Victoria. Speke 'had the choice in What Led … of escalating the quarrel or letting things stand as they were. In the event, he did not dramatically change the status quo, but neither did he let slip some chances to challenge Burton further, especially in his account of how he happened to go alone to the Victoria Nyanza' (Carnochan, The Sad Story of Burton, Speke, and the Nile, p. 62).

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Description

Octavo. Original reddish-brown cloth, titles to spine gilt, blind panels to the boards, green coated endpapers, binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to the rear pastedown. Frontispiece, folding map of the Somali coast and double-page map of Eastern Africa. Complete with the publisher's 32-page catalogue to rear. Tips and headcaps very lightly bumped and rubbed, a few minor abrasions to front board, small indentation to top edge of rear, customary mild spotting to prelims and advertisements. An excellent copy.

Bibliography

Czech p. 151; Embacher, p. 274; Howgego IV S54.

Stock ID:96007

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