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Item 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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Item Description: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the author and sold by G. and W. Nicol. / Printed for John Murray, 1799, 1815, 1815. lg. in-4to, frontispiece portrait ?M. Park? (Edridge del. - T. Dickinson sculps.) + XXVIII + 372 p. + 2 p.: ?Postscript - A Negro Song? + 2 sheets (4 p.) of music + XCII (Appendix) + 3 folding maps + 5 full-page engraved plates (2 folded), / 6 ll. (12 p.: half-title, title, advertisement, contents.) + CXXX (account life of.) + 1 ll. (2 p.: list of African Words occuring frequently) + 219 p. (+ 1 p. blank) ?Journal?, small illustrations in-text + 1 large folded map of ?Parks last mission into Africa?, small legacy stamp on first fly ?Guggisberg?, small bookseller ticket ?W. Heffer & Sons Ltd - Cambridge? on inside cover / legacy stamp + hw. dedication ?His Grace the Duke of Somerset From the Editor?, both volumes bound in 19th. century half-calf with corners, spine on 5 bands, richly gold-tooled, red-morocco titlepieces, covers with red & blue marbled papers (caillouté-veiné), joints starting, a very good to fine copy. Second edition. (one of 3 London editions published in 1799 which have all the same format, maps & plates). It was immediately recognized as a travel classic when first published in 1799. With the Appendix by the famous geographer Major Rennell. One of ?the most important travel-books of modern times? Park was selected at the age of 24 by the African Association, through the influence of his friend Sir Joseph Banks, to lead an exploring expedition into the African interior. He set out from Senegal and was the first European to reach the Niger. He wrote, ?looking forwards I saw with infinite pleasure the great object of my mission - the long sought for majestic Niger, glittering in the morning sun, as broad as the Thames at Westminster, and flowing to the eastwards. I hastened to the brink, and having drank the water, lifted up my fervent thanks in prayer to the great Ruler of all things, for having thus far crowned my endeavours with success.? This first journey revealed many secrets of the Gambian hinterland, and the African Association, the members of the AA were so grateful for his work that they published his account, insisting that it should be in the form of a narrative, for his benefit. Some minor off-setting from the plates to the preliminary pages. // (THE JOURNAL:) Rare First Edition. With engravings in the text and a large folding map with hand-coloured lines of the routes.RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE IMPORTANT POSTHUMOUSLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS OF mUNGO PARK?S RETURN TO THE NIGER and with John Whishaw?s extensive biographical introduction. 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 area. Park?s travels had an immediate success. 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 practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa. (PMM 253). 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. This time he travelled on the Niger by canoe, hoping to follow it to the mouth, but was stopped in his attempt to reach the source of the river by the rapids at Boussa. He and his companions were killed there in a fight with the natives. Fortunately, Park had earlier sent his journals to Gambia, and they were finally published in 1815. Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Cox I p. 394.; PMM 253. Bookseller Inventory # 94506

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Travels In The Interior Districts Of Africa: Performed Under The Direction And Patronage Of The African Association, In The Years 1795, 1796, And 1797 With An Appendix, Containing Geographical Illustrations Of Africa. By Major Rennell.

PARK, Mungo [1771-1806].

Published by London: Printed By W.Bulmer And Co. For The Author; And Sold By G. & W.Nicol, 1799. (1799)

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Item 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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Item 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

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Item 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

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Item 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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Item 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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TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR DISTRICTS OF AFRICA Performed under.theAfrican Association in the years 1795, 1796 & 1797

Park, Mungo

Published by HUMPHREYS PHILADELPHIA 1800, PHILADELPHIA (1800)

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Item 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 # 14016597

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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa . . With an Appendix containing Geographical illustrations of Africa by Major Rennell

Park, Mungo, Dr

Published by New York: Published by Evert Duyckinck, J Oram, Printer, 1813 (1813)

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Item 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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Travels and Recent Discoveries in the Interior Districts of Africa in the Years 1796 and '97

Mungo Park

Published by Alexander Brodie, New York (1801)

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Item 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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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa (Physician Travelers) (with the appendix of Major Rennell)

Park, Mungo

Published by Arno Press and The New York Times, New York

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Item Description: Arno Press and The New York Times, New York. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. B116. Bookseller Inventory # 028250

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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Performed under the Direction and Patronage of the African Association in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797

Mungo Park

Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (2011)

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Item 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 (ed. Kate Ferguson Marters)

Published by Duke University Press, Durham (2000)

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Item Description: Duke University Press, Durham, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 407 p. Ink line bottom edge. B214. Bookseller Inventory # 030323

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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

Park, Mungo

Published by Arno Press (1971)

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Item 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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