The Life of Bruce, the African Traveller

Head, Major F.B.

Published by London, John Murray, 1830. First edition., 1830
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Half-title page, 535pp; engraved frontis portrait; two folding maps; text illus. 5.75 x 4 in. Contemp. full polished calf ruled in gilt and blind, expertly rebacked in modern sympathetic calf with four raised spine bands forming six compartments, five of which have gilt floral designs, the sixth with a black leather label titled in gilt. All edges gilt. Gilt turn-ins. Marbled endpapers. Condition: Near Fine, with minor shelfwear at the board extremities. Sound hinges. Previous owner inscription, dated 1835, at the top front corner of the initial blank leaf. The title page shows pale offsetting from the frontis portrait facing it. The large map shows some minor mild crinkling, and is otherwise Fine. The small map is in Fine condition. A very handsome copy in a deluxe binding. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Life of Bruce, the African Traveller
Publisher: London, John Murray, 1830. First edition.
Publication Date: 1830
Binding: First edition.
Book Condition: Near Fine

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Head, Major F.B.
Published by John Murray, London (1830)
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Book Description John Murray, London, 1830. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fair. First Edition Thus.. 535pp + 2 fold-out maps. Content still well bound but front board detached. Both maps good and clean and in original folds, tiny tear without loss in margin only at hinge to main map. Interior in nice clean condition. Owner's name to top of title page. Very light moisture stain to first few pages. Ideal for rebind or reading copy. edges roughcut. Size: 6 x 4 Inch. Bookseller Inventory # sml346

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Book Description John Murray, London, 1830. Paper-covered Boards. Book Condition: Good/Very Good. First Edition. Number XVII in The Family Library. 16pp publisher's adverts, viii, 536pp, frontispiece portrait with some offsetting to title page opposite, 2 folding maps, edges untrimmed, original printed paper-covered boards, a little stained. Note that the title of the book on the front cover is subtitled The Abyssinian Traveller. Size: 6.5 X 4 Inches. Biography. Bookseller Inventory # 009851

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Book Description John Murray, London, 1830. Hard Back. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. vii + 535 + 2 folding maps, Marbled boards Binding Fair, lacks spine, front loose, Contents mostly Good, clean & fairly tight, the odd fox mark, a tiny lable inside front of "J. Short Book-Binder Market Arcade Guernsey" frontice to page vii detached. Portrait frontispiece, a few illustrations within text, 2 folding maps, one in very good condition, the large one at rear has some miss-folding and a couple of old tape repairs. Biography of the celebrated Scottish traveler. Size: 9 x 15cm Approx. Bookseller Inventory # 001650

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Book Description London, John Murray, 1830, 16,5 x 11 cm., holandesa piel nueva, retrato + VII + 535 págs. + 2 mapas plegados. (Ultimas 4 hojas y un mapa desprendidos). BIOGRAFÍAS AFRICA. Bookseller Inventory # 03T1P3

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Bruce, James; Africa]; Head Major F. B
Published by London John Murray 1830 (1830)
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Book Description London John Murray 1830, 1830. First edition. With a steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of James Bruce by J. Martin, and two folding maps, one of which is quite large, and a few illustrations within the text. 12mo, handsomely bound in contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, the spine with gilt ruled and stippled raised bands additionally blind tooled, two compartments gilt lettered on contrasting red and black morocco gilt framed labels, marbled endpapers, likely bound for Thomas Miles Restell, benefactor of the Royal Hospital and whose collected antiquities were bequeathed to the British Museum, as his fine engraved armorial bookplate is on the front endpaper. viii, 535 pp. A fine and handsome copy, the text clean and fresh, the binding in excellent state of preservation. FIRST EDITION OF THIS VERY EARLY BIOGRAPHY OF THE CELEBRATED SCOTTISH TRAVELER, ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND GREATEST EUROPEAN EXPLORERS OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT. It was said of Bruce’s writings on Africa, "that few such monuments exist of the energy and enterprise of a single traveller" (DNB). "The result of his travels was a very great enrichment of the knowledge of geography and ethnography" (Cox II, p. 389.) Bruce was one of the earliest westerners to search for the source of the Nile. In November of 1770 he reached the source of the Blue Nile, and though he acknowledged that the White Nile was the larger stream, he claimed that the Blue Nile was the Nile of the ancients and that he was thus the discoverer of its source. The author, Sir Francis Bond Head, was also no stranger to travel and exploration. Four years earlier John Murray had published his 'Rough notes taken during some rapid journeys across the pampas and among the Andes', a book which reveals his talent for graphic description. He was nicknamed "Galloping Head" for his feat in riding twice across South America between Buenos Aires and the Andes; and his demonstration of the military usefulness of the lasso brought him a knighthood from William IV in 1831. Bookseller Inventory # 28281

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