In Darkest Africa (First Edition)

Stanley, Henry M. (Livingston)

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons,, New York & London, 1890
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FIRST AMER. EDITION. Two volumes complete. Bound in the original textured green cloth with gilt lettering and a gilt-stamped portrait to each spine; each front board features the author's signature in gilt, as well as a blind-stamped impression of Africa with black shading and the title in gilt; brown endpapers. Books are heavy. Moderate shelf wear with 1/4 inch splits to the cloth at the top edge of the spine of volume one and 1/4 inch chip and fraying to the top of voume 2. Gilding on spine of both volumes is fading from wear. The three original folding, colored maps are present in the rear pockets of each volume Moderate general shelf wear. Pages slightly age-toned. Overall GOOD condition. Numerous in woodcuts and full page plates. Sir Henry Morton Stanley, also known as Bula Matari (Breaker of Rocks) in the Congo, born John Rowlands (January 28, 1841 -- May 10, 1904), was a 19th-century Welsh-born journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. He was born in Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales. His parents were not married, his father died when he was two years old and his mother, a butcher's daughter, refused to look after him, and he was brought up in a workhouse (now HM Stanley Hospital, St Asaph) until the age of 15. After completing an elementary education, he was employed as a pupil teacher in a National School. In 1859, at the age of 18, he made his passage to the United States on a ship, and upon arriving in New Orleans, he became friendly with a wealthy trader named Stanley, whose name he later assumed. After military service with both sides in the American Civil War, Stanley was recruited in 1867 by Colonel Samuel Forster Tappan (a one-time journalist) of the Indian Peace Commission to serve as a correspondent to cover the work of the Commission for several newspapers. Stanley was soon retained exclusively by James Gordon Bennett (1795-1872), founder of the New York Herald. This early period of his professional life is described in Volume I of his book My Early Travels and Adventures in America and Asia (1895). He became one of the Herald's overseas correspondents and, in 1869, was instructed by Bennett's son to find the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was known to be in Africa but had not been heard from for some time. According to Stanley's no doubt romanticised account, he asked James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (1841-1918), who had succeeded to the paper's management at his father's retirement in 1867, how much he could spend. The reply was "Draw £1, 000 now, and when you have gone through that, draw another £1, 000, and when that is spent, draw another £1, 000, and when you have finished that, draw another £1, 000, and so on -- BUT FIND LIVINGSTONE!" Stanley traveled to Zanzibar and outfitted an expedition with the best of everything, requiring no fewer than 200 porters. He located Livingstone on November 10, 1871, in Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania, and greeted him (at least according to his own journal) with the now famous, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" (which was tongue-in-cheek because Livingstone was the only white person for hundreds of miles). Stanley joined him in exploring the region, establishing for certain that there was no connection between Lake Tanganyika and the river Nile. On his return, he wrote a book about his experiences. The New York Herald, in partnership with Britain's Daily Telegraph, then financed him on another expedition to the African continent, one of his achievements being to solve the last great mystery of African exploration by tracing the course of the river Congo to the sea. Controversy followed Stanley for most of his life. In later years he spent much energy defending himself against charges that his African expeditions had been marked by callous violence and brutality. Despite Stanley's efforts, the facts gradually emerged: his opinion was that "the savage only respects force, power, boldness. Bookseller Inventory # 011074

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Title: In Darkest Africa (First Edition)

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons,, New York & London

Publication Date: 1890

Binding: Full Cloth

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First American Edition.

Book Type: Hardcover

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