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About this Item: London Printed for John Murray 1799 and 1815, 1815. 2 volumes. Rare First Edition of each volume. With engraved portrait frontispiece of Park, finely engraved plates and folding maps throughout. 4to, handsomely bound in three-quarter calf over marbled boards, the spines with raised bands bordered with gilt fillet lines, compartments of the spines with handsome gilt-work, decorations and lettering on a red morocco label in one compartment, t.e.g. xxviii, 372, [xcvii]; cxxx, [1], 219 pp. A very handsome set presented in fine bindings, the text very bright and clean, plates and maps all in good order. A RARE AND ELUSIVE SET OF THE FIRST EDITION PRINTINGS OF EACH VOLUME AND A VERY HANDSOMELY BOUND COPY OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND SEMINAL WORK OF AFRICANA. The African Association of London’s previous four expeditions to explore the Niger river had failed by the time they charged Park, a Scotsman, with the commission to explore the Gambia, Senegal, and Niger rivers in 1795. He covered well over 100 miles before he fell ill in 1797 and returned back to England. His unaffected style and natural sense of storytelling in the subsequent publication of his adventures make this one of the most popular accounts of African exploration. He returned to Africa in 1805 to search for the source of the Niger in a canoe, and met great hardships both on the river and with the natives that eventually cost him his own life and the life of his men. "Until the publication of Park’s book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the northeast region and coastal area.Park’s TRAVELS had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the Negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park’s career was cut short, but he made the first great practice advance in the opening-up of Central Africa." PMM 253. A rare copy of this milestone Africana. After the publication of the TRAVELS, Park withdrew to the quiet life of a country physician. He soon became bored with this existence and returned to Africa in 1805. He traveled on the Niger by canoe, but failed to reach the source of the river. He and his companions were killed by natives at Boussa after their canoe foundered on the rapids. Fortunately, Park had earlier sent his journals to Gambia, and they were finally published in 1815. Seller Inventory # 23945

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PARK, Mungo [1771-1806].

Published by London: Printed By W.Bulmer And Co. For The Author; And Sold By G. & W.Nicol, 1799. (1799)

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About this Item: London: Printed By W.Bulmer And Co. For The Author; And Sold By G. & W.Nicol, 1799., 1799. 4to. pp. 2 p.l., [vii]-xxviii, 372, xcii. lacking half-title. engraved frontis. portrait, 3 engraved maps (1 folding, 2 double-page & folding), & 5 engraved plates (2 folding). without the 2 engraved plates of music which are not always present. An attractive copy, bound in contemporary russia, rebacked with gilt spine mounted, all edges gilt (corners & spine bit rubbed, upper rear joint starting to crack, some offsetting from plates, several gatherings lightly embrowned). engraved armorial bookplates of the Right Honble. Sir Robert Peel, Bart., & of Sir Charles Bine Renshaw, Bart., Barochan. First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] PARK, Mungo. The Journal Of A Mission To The Interior Of Africa, In The Year 1805 Together With Other Documents, Official And Private, Relating To The Same Mission. To Which Is Prefixed An Account Of The Life Of Mr. Park. 4to. pp. 5 p.l., cxxx, [2], 219. lacking half-title. folding engraved map. several text illus. London: Printed For John Murray By W.Bulmer And Co., 1815. First Edition. In 1795 Park was selected by the African Association to lead an exploring expedition into the interior of Africa. Starting from the Gambia and travelling eastward with only a negro servant, a boy, one horse, and two asses, he became the first modern Europen to reach the Niger River, whose course he traced some 300 miles as far as Silla. The journey was plagued with adversity; Park was robbed of all his trafficable property early on, and at one point, he was imprisoned by an Arab chief for four months, escaping only with great difficulty. He returned to the Gambia by a route further south, through the Mandingo country, mostly on foot as far as Camalia. There he fell dangerously ill with fever, being nursed back to health over a seven month period by a negro, Kaarta Taura, and finished his return journey in the company of a caravan. Park began his second and last expedition in search of the source of the Niger River on January 30th, 1805. By August, when they reached Bambakoo on the Niger, only eleven of the forty European members of the expedition were still alive. Park himself died some time in late 1805 or early 1806 at Boussa when he was attacked by natives, although no details were known until 1812. Park’s last communications date from November when he was about to descend the river from Sansandingo in a flat-bottomed vessel fashioned, mainly with his own hands, out of two canoes. His journal, which was safely conveyed to the Gambia together with his last communications by his guide Isaaco, was published by the African Institute to aid his widow and family. Also included here is a biography of Park by E.Wishaw, as well as Isaaco’s journal and an account of the fate of the expedition related by another guide, Adami Fatouma. "Until the publication of Park’s [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas Park’s Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park’s career was short, but he made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa." (Printing and the Mind of Man) Cox I pp. 394-95. Hosken p. 154. Howgego P21. Ibrahim-Hilmy II 93. Printing and the Mind of Man 253. Seller Inventory # elala1937

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About this Item: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, London, 1799. Condition: Very Good. First edition. Rebacked with original spine laid down, worn at tips, white linen tape applied to hinges. Internally clean and fresh. First map with two short tears along folds; second torn at intersection of two folds (about 2"x2"). Maps clean and fresh as well. xxx [half-title present], [2ff], 372, xcii. Printing and the Mind of Man 253. Cox, I.394. 4to: contemporary full tree calf, frontis protrait + 5 plates; 2 leaves of music; 2 folding maps (one colored in outline) + folding chart. Seller Inventory # 014633

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About this Item: 1799, 1799. 4to. Pp. xxxviii, 372, (vi) including 2 pages of music, xcii. With engraved portrait, 3 folding maps and 5 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine gilt, hinges weak, rubbed. Published in the same year as the first edition. Mungo Park (1771-1806) was the first European to reach the Niger River. "Until the publication of Park's [first] book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas. Park's Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorolgy of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value". (PMM). Cox I, p. 394. Gay 2788. Ibrahim-Hilmy ii, p. 93. Printing and the Mind of Man 253. Seller Inventory # 45018

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About this Item: 1799. First edition. 3 engraved folding maps, the first of these with repairs to verso. Portrait & 5 engraved plates (2 folding). 4to. Contemporary diced calf, rebacked with the original gilt back laid down.[xxviii], 372, xcii, [vi]pp. London, Park was the first European to reach the Niger. His ?Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and it's scientific observations on the botany and the meteorology of the region. have remained of lasting value? (Printing & the Mind of Man).Cox I, 394-95; Ibrahim Hilmy II, 93; Graesse V, 136. Seller Inventory # 225795

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About this Item: London, W. Bulmer and Co., 1799.4to. Contemporary mottled calf, skilfully rebacked with the original spine laid down, spine richly gilt. . With engraved portrait, 2 plates with musical scores, 3 folding maps (1 tear rep.) and 5 engraved plates (2 folding). XXVIII,372,XCII,(2) pp.Published in the same year as the first edition; with bookplate of J.S.W.S. Erle Drax. - Mungo Park (1771-1806) was the first European to reach the well-nigh fabulous waters of the Niger. He followed the river almost to the Senegal valley. He finally reached Gambia after a lengthy return journey. His journal included a detailed description of travel conditions, the nature of the area, rivers, and customs of various tribes. 'Park's Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park's career was short, but he made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa' (PMM 253). Written in a straightforward unpretentious, narrative style, it gave readers their first realistic description of everyday life in west Africa, depicting without the censorious, patronizing contempt which so often has disfigured European accounts of Africa (DNB).- Some age-browning and offsetting of the plates otherwise a beautiful copy. Cox I, p.394; Gay 2788; Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p.93; Hess & Coger 5655; Scheybeler,The Paolo Bianchi Collection, 279; Howgego P21. Seller Inventory # 5492

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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Mungo Park

Mungo Park

Published by Printed By W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, London (1799)

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About this Item: Printed By W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, London, 1799. Half-Leather. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1st impression recently, sympathetically and beautifully rebound in dark brown half-leather with 5 raised bans, decoration, title panel with titles and publication date to spine in gilt and marbled boards with leather corners so that the joints have no wear and the binding is entirely sound, undamaged and square. Internally matching marbled endpapers, all engraved plates and maps present - most page gatherings but not all quite heavily tanned with some occasional staining and a few professional paper repairs to pages, maps etc; also periodically the small, neat, blind embossed stamp of 'The Institution' at Stamford, Lincolnshire - an historic Literary and Scientific institute which flourished during the Victorian period. A very nice volume of this scarce 1st printing. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 001118

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About this Item: printed for John Murray by W. Bulmer and Co, London, 1816. 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xx, 551, [1]; xvi, cxlix, [1], cli*-clxxvii*, [3], cliii-cviii (i.e.ccvii), 301, [1], [2] ads; large folding map with Park's routes hand-colored in outline; later quarter tan calf, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spines; a handsome and sound copy. Includes a Mandingo vocabulary at the back of volume I. Mungo Park (1771-1806) was the first European to reach the headwaters of the Niger, following the river almost to the Senegal valley. His journal includes a detailed description of travel conditions, natural history, rivers and the customs of the various tribes. "Park's Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value. Park's career was short, but he made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa" (PMM 253, citing the first edition of 1799). Cox I, 394. Seller Inventory # 52526

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About this Item: Printed By W. Bulmer & Co for the Author, London, 1799. First Edition. A very good uncut copy in early 20th century 1/2 pale tan calf, retaining the original red leather title label and pale mauve cloth sides LACKING the map of North Africa and the Chart (both from the appendix). An interesting association copy having belonged to Isaac Spooner, father-in-law of William Wilberforce, who has written on the half title: "Isaac Spooner. paid Joseph Barratt sub. 1:1:0 20th June 1798. received the book in May 1799 and paid Barratt the other half-guinea". Seller Inventory # 41446

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PARK, MUNGO

Published by W BULMER AND CO FOR THE AUTHOR, London (1799)

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About this Item: W BULMER AND CO FOR THE AUTHOR, London, 1799. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Major RENNELL (illustrator). Second Edition. With xxviii + (2), + blank + (2) pages of music + blank + 372, + xcii pages, with portrait frontispiece, 3 plates after drawings by the author, 2 folding botanical plates, 2 plates of music, 3 folding maps (one neatly repaired with no loss) ,later (2oth century) quarter calf, very good condition, published in the same year as the first edition and a corner stone in any collection of books on African Exploration. Size: 10.5 x 8 Inches, 26 X 21 CMS. Hard Cover. Seller Inventory # ALD/310

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Park, Mungo

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About this Item: (London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, 1799), 1799. Bookplate of Earl of Guilford, Wroxton Abbey, to front pastedown. First edition. 4to; near-contemporary full mottled calf; gilt-ruled compartment effect to spine, with gilt-on-black lettering piece to second 'compartment', and gilt centres to the remainder; pp. xxviii + 372 + xcii + (vi); six plates, incl. folding; three folding maps, one of which with routes in colours; two leaves of music. Extremities rubbed; corners turned; some moderate foxing, particularly adjacent to engraved plates; some offset from bookplate and plates, as usual; some archival tape repairs to plates; old tape marks to front free endpaper and to reverse of two maps. Very good condition. (PMM 394) "Park was the first European of modern times to reach the Niger. He explored it in two journeys in 1795 and 1805, suffering great hardship. When attacked by natives he was drowned in 1805, after exploring the river as far as Boussa. Park stimulated the many others who followed him by the publication of this book in 1799. It became a classic of travel literature, being translated into most European languages. His scientific observations on the botany and meteorology and on the social and domestic life of the Negroes of the region have remained of lasting value." - Printing and the Mind of Man. John Keay, in an introduction to a later edition of this work, further explains its appeal thus: "Unlike most other solitary travellers he would never be accused of exaggeration. There is evidence that he in fact suppressed some details because they were so horrific they might strain credulity. This transparent honesty is part of the book's charm. Complemented by the simplicity of an 'unvarnished' style it proves hard to resist. The greatest paradox of all is that a man so remote in life should have become the one traveller with whom some five generations of readers have happily identified.". Seller Inventory # 10752

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Park, Mungo, Dr

Published by Published by Evert Duyckinck, J Oram, Printer, New York (1813)

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About this Item: Published by Evert Duyckinck, J Oram, Printer, New York, 1813. Condition: Early mottled sheep. Later American edition. Later American edition. Folding map engraved by Scoles after Major Rennell as frontispiece. 261, 94 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Park, a surgeon, at the recommendation of Sir Joseph Banks and for the African Association, set out to find the source of the Niger. Park suffered through many hardships. Finally with the aid of the slave trader Karfa Taura, he reached Gambia from whence he took an American slave ship, the "Charlestown" to the West Indies and then home. After his return, Bryan Edwards, Secretary of the African Association, published an "Abstract from the Travels into the Interior of Africa" based upon Park's account and notes. This created quite an interest and Park expanded his notes into this work. Park, wanting to complete his search for the source of the Niger returned to Africa in 1805 and journeyed once again. He perished during this expedition and it was not until 1831 that the source was finally reached by John and Richard Lander. This work was very popular and "has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value." (PMM). Library Company of Philadelphia "Negro History 1553-1903" 13; PMM 253 (first edition) Folding map engraved by Scoles after Major Rennell as frontispiece. 261, 94 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Seller Inventory # 226394

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PARK, Mungo

Published by Printed For J. Bumpus, High Holborn; T. Tegg, Cheapside; R. Griffin, Glasgow; J. Noble, Hull; and W. And F. Lawson, York (1820)

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About this Item: Printed For J. Bumpus, High Holborn; T. Tegg, Cheapside; R. Griffin, Glasgow; J. Noble, Hull; and W. And F. Lawson, York, 1820. New Edition Abridged. 2 vols, very good in the original salmon paper boards, lacking front board Vol.2, spines worn and defective, the text blocks uncut clean and tight. A very scarce edition of Park's classic travel narrative. Seller Inventory # 76959

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