Petherick Mr. and Mrs. [John]

Published by London Tinsley Brothers 1869, 1869
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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], [272], 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 # 18048

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Publisher: London Tinsley Brothers 1869

Publication Date: 1869

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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