c1880 The Life and Explorations of David Livingstone, LL.D., Carefully Compiled From Reliable Sources
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
With an illustrated second title, a portrait of Livingstone and eighteen tinted lithographs throughout. Carefully compiled from the most reliable sources and with a preface to front, this work has been later attributed to John S. Roberts. David Livingstone (1813 - 1873) was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. Perhaps one of the most popular national heroes of the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Livingstone had a mythic status. His fame as an explorer helped drive forward the obsession with discovering the sources of the River Nile that formed the culmination of the classic period of European geographical discovery and colonial penetration of the African continent. At the same time his missionary travels, 'disappearance' and death in Africa, and subsequent glorification as posthumous national hero in 1874 led to the founding of several major central African Christian missionary initiatives carried forward in the era of the European 'Scramble for Africa'. Collated, complete.
In a half morocco binding with cloth covered boards. Externally, generally sound but with wear to extremities. Rubbing and marks to the front and rear board boards. Minor cockling also the the boards. Front joint is held by cords only with backstrip lifting, rear joint starting slightly. Internally, generally firmly bound. Bright and generally clean but with slight scattered foxing to first and last pages and slight handling marks to pages.
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