1853 Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Under the Orders and at the Expense of Her Majesty's Government
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First Edition, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Rebound, Scarce
Richardson's work discusses the wildlife, climate, people, customs and politics of Central Africa during Richardson's travels. His mission, under the orders and at the expense of Her Majesty's Government, was to propagate Christianity and suppress the slave trade.
Among the party of the first Europeans to cross the stony elevated plain of the Hammada, Richardson succumbed to fever and died before reaching Lake Chad. This work was posthumously published, and constructed from Richardson's notes and diaries.
With each volume retaining the original half title.
Collated, illustrated with a folding map frontispiece to volume I. Lacking a map to volume II.
An excellent copy of this scarce first edition.
Rebound in half morocco, with marbled paper covered boards. Fading to back strips, with light rubbing to joint heads and tails and raised bands. Small instance of lifting to the leather of the tail of the rear joint of volume I, not affecting joint. Boards exceptionally bright. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean, with only the odd spot, and light tide marks to fore edge of contents leaves of volume II.
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