Johnston Sir Harry

Published by London Hutchinson and Co 1904, 1904
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2 volumes. Second Edition. With 48 beautiful color plates, 506 illustrations from drawings and photos, and 9 maps. Large 8vo, publisher's original navy-blue cloth gilt lettered on spines, with gilt lettering to the upper cover. xxxvi, 470; xiii, 471-1018. A handsome and honest set, internally bright and fine, the cloth is age mellowed but remains dark and attractive and all the gilt work is well preserved. Rear hinge of one volume with cosmetic separation at the pastedown. SCARCE FIRST EDITION SET, HANDSOME AND WELL PRESERVED. Johnstonís superb description of the physical geography, botany, zoology, anthropology, language and history of the Uganda territory. Handsomely presented, the books are replete with photographs and illustrations of Uganda at the turn of the century. Copies in cloth are now quite scarce. Johnston was early on an explorer and traveller to Africa and these volumes are typical of the very best produced writing in travel and exploration of the period. Johnston began his travels in Africa at the age of 21 with his 1879-1880 journey to the interior of Tunisa as a student of painting, architecture, and languages. This trip sparked the passion for travel and exploration in the wilds of the African continent that he would spend the next several decades fulfilling. His journeys and his leadership potential were first brought to the attention of the Royal Geographical Society and the British Association in 1883 when he met H.M. Stanley and traveled with him to the remote river above the Stanley Pool in the Congo, a virgin territory little known to other Europeans at that time. From there his travels and responsibilities expanded rapidly; he was commissioned to lead a scientific expedition to to Mount Kilmanjaro beginning in Zanzibar in 1884, the success of which led to his apopintment as British vice-consul and eventually acting consul in Cameroon and the Niger Delta. He held a number of government positions through the next 20 years, perhaps best known for his "Cape-to-Cairo" scheme, a phrase coined in the London Times in August of 1888. The plan entailed having British influence in an unbroken line from Alexandria to Cape Town, but was foiled in July of 1890 when the British were forced to give up their sphere of influence north of Lake Tanganyika to the Germans. His later days were spent organizing British administration in Uganda and Liberia as well as writing about his life experiences in Africa. Bookseller Inventory # 25852

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Publisher: London Hutchinson and Co 1904

Publication Date: 1904

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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