1873 The African Sketch-Book
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Fine Binding, First Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated
Best known for his historical study 'The Martyrdom of Man', and his novel 'The Outcast', Winwood Reade travelled to West Africa in the late 1860s. His travels were tumultuous - including three months imprisonment om Falaba - but helped to inform Charles Darwin's 'The Descent of Man', thanks to extensive correspondences between the two man.
In this work Reade provides an account of his travels, recommending greater British involvement in West Africa.
Illustrated with six maps to volume I - with one folding and one hand coloured by a prior owner - and six plates, and with six maps - one folding and one coloured - and four woodcuts, to volume II. Collated, complete.
Each volume retaining the original half title.
An excellent copy of this first edition work.
In half morocco bindings, with cloth covered boards and extensive gilt detailing to back strips. Spines a touch faded, otherwise externally fine. Endpapers renewed. Internally, firmly bound. Pages a touch age toned, with areas of spotting throughout. With one plate to volume I hand coloured by a prior owner.
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