NILE BASIN. Part I. Tanganyika to be Ptolemy's Western Lake Reservoir. A Memoir Read Before ...

NILE BASIN. Part I. Tanganyika to be Ptolemy's Western Lake Reservoir. A Memoir Read Before the Royal Geographical Society, November 14, 1864. With Prefatory Remarks. By Richard F. Burton. Part II. Captain Speke's Discovery of the Source of the Nile. A Review. By James M'Queen

Burton Richard F

Published by London Tinsley Brothers 1864, 1864
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First edition, very scarce. With the three very rare maps, which are seldom found in any copies. 8vo, publisher’s original maroon cloth gilt lettered and decorated in blind on the covers. iv, 195, 4 pp publisher’s catalogue. An especially pleasing, very handsome and bright copy indeed. Small restoration to the head of the spine measuring approximately 1/4" x 9/16", endpapers expertly renewed to match the original. VERY RARE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL CLOTH WITH THE THREE ELUSIVE MAPS. Burton's contribution, in which he essentially carries out the debate with Speke that would have taken place had not the latter been killed in an hunting accident on the day scheduled for the meeting, occupies the first 65 pages. The remainder is M'Queen's scathing review of Speke's claims to the discovery of the source of the Nile. M'Queen's parting shot sums up the tenor of the whole review: "We truly lament the time that has been lost, and the money that has been spent, without any definite settlement of any material point, and with only the absurd result of finding the source of the great river Nile placed in a narrow ravine, where not a drop of water is to be found, except that which drops from the clouds during the periodical rains--nay, chiefly the fresh water which rushes into this ravine from the flooding of the lake to the northward, and which flood flows in an opposite direction to the current of the true Nile stream!" Penzer says this title is uncommon even in poor condition, and good copies are scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 22517

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Title: NILE BASIN. Part I. Tanganyika to be ...

Publisher: London Tinsley Brothers 1864

Publication Date: 1864

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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