HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF DISCOVERIES AND TRAVELS IN AFRICA, BY THE LATE JOHN LEYDEN, M.D. Enlarged and Completed to the Present Time with Illustrations of Its Geography and Natural History, as Well as of the Moral and Social Condition of its Inhabitants.

Murray Hugh

Published by Edinburgh Printed for Archibald Constable & Co. 1817, 1817
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2 volumes. Rare First Edition. Illustrated with six maps including a number which are folding. 8vo, bound in three-quarter contemporary calf over marbled boards. xx, 512; viii, 536 pp. Internally a well preserved and pleasing copy. One map with old support to the verso, the hinges are weak and there is bit of wear to the bindings, some wear and loosening at the junction of the free-flies and pastedowns. Labels are partially missing and should be restored. Repairs are easy to acccomplish. RARE FIRST EDITION. This is a compilation remarkably accurate for the time at which it was written, completed and added to by Hugh Murray. It is very rarely encountered in first edition format, the second edition being most readily available. It is an interesting resume of what was known about Western and Central Africa at the beginning of the 19th century." Sir Harry Johnston’s bibliography to Liberia."Leyden, a doctor and poet, was also a gifted student of Eastern languages and an enthusiast of African adventures. Inspired by Mungo Park’s discoveries he compiled ‘Historical Philosophical Sketch.of Europeans.in Africa’ 1799 which was enlarged to two volumes in 1817 by Hugh Murray. Although he never traveled to Africa, Leyden did spend much time in India as a medical officer. Bookseller Inventory # 26176

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Publisher: Edinburgh Printed for Archibald Constable & Co. 1817

Publication Date: 1817

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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