2 volumes. First Edition. VERY RARE. Profusely illustrated in each volume with many engraved illustrations within the text plus a frontispiece plate to each volume and 8 additional full-page plates and two maps on fold-out plates. 8vo, in handsome contemporary bindings of three quarter dark green calf and green green cloth. Upper covers with gilt crest of the Library of Parliament, spine with gilt decorated raised bands and lines in both gilt and blind, one compartment lettered in gilt and one with gilt crest of the Library of Parliament, also with red morocco labels lettered in gilt in one upper compartment on each volume, marbled endpapers and edges. xx, 331, folding map; [xv], , folding map. A handsome set in very good condition. The bindings are sound and sturdy and internally the paper is fresh and remarkably clean with the typically found foxing being present only on the prelims and much less so than would be commonly found. Bindings with some minor expected age wear to the calf but withal still very well presented. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT WORK. Very few sets of this work are ever encountered for sale or in extant collections. Petherick was a well known Welsh traveler in East Central Africa where he had adopted the profession of mining engineer. In 1845 he entered the service of Mehemet Ali, and was employed in examining Upper Egypt, Nubia, the Red Sea coast and Kordofan in an unsuccessful search for coal. In 1848 he left the Egyptian service and established himself at El Obeid as a trader and was, at the same time made British Consul for the Sudan. In 1853 he removed to Khartoum and became an ivory trader. He traveled extensively in the Bahr-el-Ghazal region, then almost unknown, exploring the Jur, Yalo and other affluents of the Ghazal and in 1858 he penetrated the Niam-Niam country. Petherick s additions to the knowledge of natural history were considerable, being responsible for the discovery of a number of new species. In 1859 he returned to England where he became acquainted with John Speke, then arranging for an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. He returned to Sudan as consul in 1861 with his new wife by his side and was entrusted with a mission by the Royal Geographic Society to convey to Gondokoro relief stores for Captains Speke and Grant. He beat them to the meeting point and so dispatched a native force to proceed south to be in touch with the absentees. With Mrs. Petherick, he undertook another journey in the Bahr-el-Ghazal, making important collections of plants and fishes and returned in February 1863, four days after the arrival of Speke and Grant. These rare volumes describe their important expedition exploring the Nile Tributaries and describe in detail the details of the Speke controversy. Copies of the work are of great rarity and almost never encountered by the collector. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: TRAVELS IN CENTRAL AFRICA, AND EXPLORATIONS ...
Publisher: London Tinsley Brothers 1869
Book Description Tinsley Brothers, London, 1869. Cloth. Condition: Good. First Edition. Octavo. 23cm. Cloth Hardcover. First Edition. 1869. pp. xx, 332, xv, 272, 31 (ads). With numerous plates and illustrations (complete), including frontispieces. 2 fold-out maps. Signed and inscribed by author on the half-title of Volume I: "To our faithful servant / and friend Martha Wells / from John & Katherine Petherick / Sep 1st 1875." Uniformly bound in original brown cloth on beveled boards, with gilt lettering and illustration. Cover surfaces are lightly soiled, with chipped extremities. Joints beginning to crack. Textblocks intact. Rough-cut edges. Pages are clean, with some mild foxing near the ends. Small bookseller blind-stamp on the front flyleaf of each volume. Frontispiece facsimile letter from Vol. II?has been mounted on sturdier paper stock and reinserted at the beginning of Vol. I. This was compiled by the British authors largely from personal journals during their extensive travels in Africa. John Petherick was involved in, and details in these writings, the controversy surrounding his apparent failure to meet with Captains Speke and Grant in Sudan on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society.?This issue, along with baseless accusations of the author's having supported the slave trade, lead to the suspension of the British consulate in Khartoum in 1864. A very scarce set, moreso as a presentation copy in original binding. Signed and inscribed by author. Seller Inventory # GRP89323641
Book Description London: Tinsley Brothers, 1869, 1869. 2 volumes, octavo (216 x 136 mm). Modern half calf, marbled boards, raised bands to spine, titles gilt to red straight-grain morocco labels, floral tooling to compartments gilt. Boards gently bowed, very light tanning to prelims and endmatter, mild offsetting from turn-ins to free endpapers. Volume I: one plate partially loose. Volume II: with near contemporary owner signatures of a John Petherick, likely a relative, to half-title and recto of frontispiece, mild foxing to the last three plates, short closed tear to final leaf of publisher's catalogue. An excellent set. Volume I: 37 engraved illustrations, including frontispiece portrait, 5 plates, and 31 illustrations in text; one lithographic folding map by James Wyld. Volume II: 12 engraved illustrations, including frontispiece, 4 plates, and 7 illustrations in text; one lithographic folding map by James Wyld. First edition. John Petherick (1813-82) was a Welsh traveller and trader who travelled extensively in Egypt and Sudan during the 1840s and 1850s; journeys described in Petherick's previous book Egypt, the Soudan and Central Africa (1861). After two years back in Britain during which Petherick married his wife Katherine (1827-77), the couple returned to Sudan in 1861. Petherick assumed the role of British consul in Khartoum and was entrusted by the Royal Geographic Society to assist J. H. Speke and James Grant on their return trip from their search for the source of the Nile. As part of this mission, the Pethericks travelled up the Nile to the trading station Gondokoro with boats and supplies. However, 'when Speke became well overdue, the Pethericks headed into the interior on a trading expedition Upon their return to Gondokoro, they found Speke and Grant in the company of Samuel Baker. Speke never forgave Petherick's absence, and the consul's reputation was badly tarnished' (Czech, p.129). Travels in Central Africa is based on notes, letters, and journal entries, most written by Katherine during the journey. Volume I mainly concerns the Nile journey to Gondokoro; Volume II contains numerous letters as well as details on local flora and fauna that the couple collected during their travels. With the 30 pages long publisher's catalogue at the end of Volume II. Czech p. 129: Hess & Coger 1500. Seller Inventory # 91138