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Book Description: London Printed for John Murray 1799 and 1815, 1815. 2 volumes. Rare First Edition of each volume, in rare contemporary bindings, unusually well preserved. A Printing and the Mind of Man book. With engraved portrait frontispiece of Park, finely engraved plates including the music plates and folding maps throughout, a number of the maps coloured in outline. All plates and maps present as called for. 4to, handsomely bound in fine polished calf of the period, the spines with raised bands bordered with gilt fillet lines, two compartments of the spines with contrasting red and green morocco lettering labels gilt. xxviii, 372, [xcvii]; cxxx, [1], 219 pp. A very fine and very handsome set presented in fine bindings, the text very bright and clean, plates and maps all in good order. Sets of the first editions in matching bindings of the period are seldom if ever encountered without significant restoration. This is an especially fine set thus. A RARE AND ELUSIVE SET OF THE FIRST EDITION PRINTINGS OF EACH VOLUME AND A VERY HANDSOMELY BOUND COPY OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND SEMINAL WORK OF AFRICANA. COPIES IN CONTEMPORARY BINDINGS IN SUCH CONDITION ARE RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN THE MARKETPLACE. The African Association of London’s previous four expeditions to explore the Niger river had failed by the time they charged Park, a Scotsman, with the commission to explore the Gambia, Senegal, and Niger rivers in 1795. He covered well over 100 miles before he fell ill in 1797 and returned back to England. His unaffected style and natural sense of storytelling in the subsequent publication of his adventures make this one of the most popular accounts of African exploration. He returned to Africa in 1805 to search for the source of the Niger in a canoe, and met great hardships both on the river and with the natives that eventually cost him his own life and the life of his men. "Until the publication of Park’s book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the northeast region and coastal area.Park’s TRAVELS had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the Negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park’s career was cut short, but he made the first great practice advance in the opening-up of Central Africa." PMM 253. A rare copy of this milestone Africana. After the publication of the TRAVELS, Park withdrew to the quiet life of a country physician. He soon became bored with this existence and returned to Africa in 1805. He traveled on the Niger by canoe, but failed to reach the source of the river. He and his companions were killed by natives at Boussa after their canoe foundered on the rapids. Fortunately, Park had earlier sent his journals to Gambia, and they were finally published in 1815. Bookseller Inventory # 25847

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Book Description: London: Printed By W.Bulmer And Co. For The Author; And Sold By G. & W.Nicol, 1799., 1799. 4to. pp. 2 p.l., [vii]-xxviii, 372, xcii. lacking half-title. engraved frontis. portrait, 3 engraved maps (1 folding, 2 double-page & folding), & 5 engraved plates (2 folding). without the 2 engraved plates of music which are not always present. An attractive copy, bound in contemporary russia, rebacked with gilt spine mounted, all edges gilt (corners & spine bit rubbed, upper rear joint starting to crack, some offsetting from plates, several gatherings lightly embrowned). engraved armorial bookplates of the Right Honble. Sir Robert Peel, Bart., & of Sir Charles Bine Renshaw, Bart., Barochan. First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] PARK, Mungo. The Journal Of A Mission To The Interior Of Africa, In The Year 1805 Together With Other Documents, Official And Private, Relating To The Same Mission. To Which Is Prefixed An Account Of The Life Of Mr. Park. 4to. pp. 5 p.l., cxxx, [2], 219. lacking half-title. folding engraved map. several text illus. London: Printed For John Murray By W.Bulmer And Co., 1815. First Edition. In 1795 Park was selected by the African Association to lead an exploring expedition into the interior of Africa. Starting from the Gambia and travelling eastward with only a negro servant, a boy, one horse, and two asses, he became the first modern Europen to reach the Niger River, whose course he traced some 300 miles as far as Silla. The journey was plagued with adversity; Park was robbed of all his trafficable property early on, and at one point, he was imprisoned by an Arab chief for four months, escaping only with great difficulty. He returned to the Gambia by a route further south, through the Mandingo country, mostly on foot as far as Camalia. There he fell dangerously ill with fever, being nursed back to health over a seven month period by a negro, Kaarta Taura, and finished his return journey in the company of a caravan. Park began his second and last expedition in search of the source of the Niger River on January 30th, 1805. By August, when they reached Bambakoo on the Niger, only eleven of the forty European members of the expedition were still alive. Park himself died some time in late 1805 or early 1806 at Boussa when he was attacked by natives, although no details were known until 1812. Park’s last communications date from November when he was about to descend the river from Sansandingo in a flat-bottomed vessel fashioned, mainly with his own hands, out of two canoes. His journal, which was safely conveyed to the Gambia together with his last communications by his guide Isaaco, was published by the African Institute to aid his widow and family. Also included here is a biography of Park by E.Wishaw, as well as Isaaco’s journal and an account of the fate of the expedition related by another guide, Adami Fatouma. "Until the publication of Park’s [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas Park’s Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park’s career was short, but he made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa." (Printing and the Mind of Man) Cox I pp. 394-95. Hosken p. 154. Howgego P21. Ibrahim-Hilmy II 93. Printing and the Mind of Man 253. Bookseller Inventory # elala1937

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Book Description: John Murray, 1816 & 1815, 1816. 2 volumes, quarto. (270 × 213mm). Contemporary full calf with attractive geometric lozenge device in blind to all boards within a wide blind acanthus roll border enclosed in triple fillet gilt, not entirely sympathetically rebacked, original black morocco labels laid down. Some foxing and browning, front hinge of Volume I a little cracked and the title page consequently coming loose, externally slightly rubbed with some associated stripping from the boards, but overall very good. With the fine stipple-engraved portrait of Park by Dickinson after Henry Edridge, 4 engraved maps (2 hand-coloured in outline) and 5 engraved plates, diagram to the text First edition of the second work, first work a new edition. "Until the publication of Park's book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and coastal areas. Having sent out four expeditions to the Niger, all of which had failed, the African Association in 1795 charged Mungo Park with the task. Park, a Scot. set sail [on 22 May 1795] to find and explore the Niger. Travelling eastward from the English factory at Pisania (where he learned the Mandingo language) along the River Gambia, Park reached the Niger at Segou and followed its course for about one hundred miles to Sulla, where difficulties forced him to turn back [and on being taken ill he returned to England in 1799]. After the publication of his book Park withdrew to a country medical practice at Peebles. He soon got bored with the quiet life; and in 1805 he set out on another voyage to the Niger. This time he actually travelled on the river in a canoe, hoping to follow it to its mouth. But he met great hardships, lost a number of his men. [and finally] perished in a fight with natives. Fortunately, he had earlier sent back his journals to Gambia and they formed the basis of a second account of his voyages issued by the African Association. Park's Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the Negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park's career was short but he made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa. Park did not solve the problem of the Niger: he believed it to be a tributary of the Nile or to be really identical with the Congo; but he set the further exploration of the region in the right direction" (Printing and the Mind of Man). PMM 253. Bookseller Inventory # 41532

Book Description: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, London, 1799. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. Rebacked with original spine laid down, worn at tips, white linen tape applied to hinges. Internally clean and fresh. First map with two short tears along folds; second torn at intersection of two folds (about 2"x2"). Maps clean and fresh as well. xxx [half-title present], [2ff], 372, xcii. Printing and the Mind of Man 253. Cox, I.394. 4to: contemporary full tree calf, frontis protrait + 5 plates; 2 leaves of music; 2 folding maps (one colored in outline) + folding chart. Bookseller Inventory # 014633

Book Description: 1799, 1799. 4to. Pp. xxxviii, 372, (vi) including 2 pages of music, xcii. With engraved portrait, 3 folding maps and 5 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine gilt, hinges weak, rubbed. Published in the same year as the first edition. Mungo Park (1771-1806) was the first European to reach the Niger River. "Until the publication of Park's [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas. Park's Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorolgy of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value". (PMM). Cox I, p. 394. Gay 2788. Ibrahim-Hilmy ii, p. 93. Printing and the Mind of Man 253. Bookseller Inventory # 45018

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Book Description: Printed By W. Bulmer & Co for the Author, London, 1799. First Edition. A very good uncut copy in early 20th century 1/2 pale tan calf, retaining the original red leather title label and pale mauve cloth sides LACKING the map of North Africa and the Chart (both from the appendix). An interesting association copy having belonged to Isaac Spooner, father-in- law of William Wilberforce, who has written on the half title: "Isaac Spooner. paid Joseph Barratt sub. 1:1:0 20th June 1798. received the book in May 1799 and paid Barratt the other half-guinea". Bookseller Inventory # 41446

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Book Description: W. Bulmer and Co, London, 1799. Book Condition: Very Good. Second Edition. Collation, xxviii+372pp+ appendix, xciipp, 3 folding maps, 5 plates. Bound in full calf, rebacked retaining original boards, with raised bands, leather title labels. Calf light rubbed on edges of boards. Binding in very good clean firm condition. Internally, smaller map torn along folds without loss, large map has a been repaired, some light spotting, contemporary or early signature on top margin of title page. Pages and illustrations in good condition. A nice copy in a good solid binding. A14 Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 009192

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Book Description: HUMPHREYS PHILADELPHIA 1800, PHILADELPHIA, 1800. folding map (illustrator). 1ST US EDITION. Full calf Good + tight condition hardback edges rubbed One of the great early explorations in Africa . thick 8vo MAPS, folding map has some fold tears. Bookseller Inventory # 016025

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Book Description: New York: Published by Evert Duyckinck, J Oram, Printer, 1813, 1813. Park, a surgeon, at the recommendation of Sir Joseph Banks and for the African Association, set out to find the source of the Niger. Park suffered through many hardships. Finally with the aid of the slave trader Karfa Taura, he reached Gambia from whence he took an American slave ship, the "Charlestown" to the West Indies and then home. After his return, Bryan Edwards, Secretary of the African Association, published an "Abstract from the Travels into the Interior of Africa" based upon Park's account and notes. This created quite an interest and Park expanded his notes into this work. Park, wanting to complete his search for the source of the Niger returned to Africa in 1805 and journeyed once again. He perished during this expedition and it was not until 1831 that the source was finally reached by John and Richard Lander. This work was very popular and "has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value." (PMM) Later American edition. 8vo. Folding map engraved by Scoles after Major Rennell as frontispiece. 261, 94 pp. Early mottled sheep. Library Company of Philadelphia "Negro History 1553-1903" 13; PMM 253 (first edition). Bookseller Inventory # 226394

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Book Description: Alexander Brodie, New York, 1801. Disbound. Book Condition: Poor - Binding Copy. First American Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Binding Copy. No covers. Has the original, period, brown leather spine with a still good, gilt-lettered, dark red, leather label - "Park's Travels". Chipping to the spine ends. Collation: frontpaper, frontispiece illustration "Mr. Park's First View of the Nile", Title Page, i-vi "Advertisement", 409 pages of the main text, 1 page - "The Negro Song", 8 pages - "A List of Subscribers Names in New York", 2 pages for subscribers in Connecticut. This is the last page. Lacking the rest of the subscribers names and the endpaper(s). There are some stains to the first and last 6 leaves, leaf 387/388 has a small hole with the partial loss of 2 letters, the last leaf (of Conn. subscribers) has some faded lettering and some small holes in the page. The pages have varying degrees of foxing. The pages are crisp and are tightly bound. There is only one additional illustrated plate in the text. Bookseller Inventory # 10611

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Book Description: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2011. Softcover / Paperback. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. First edition. 297 x 210 mm. Mungo Park (1771â€"1806) was a Scottish surgeon and explorer. He made two expeditions to the interior of Africa in 1795â€"7 and 1805â€"6. This illustrated account of his first journey was an immediate best-seller in 1799, and includes descriptions of the geography, peoples and languages he encountered. book. Bookseller Inventory # 9781108025973

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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

Park, Mungo
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Book Description: Arno Press, 1971. Pictorial Red Cloth. Book Condition: NF. No Jacket. Maps (illustrator). Reprint Of 1799. Small 4to. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 028523

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