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Heroes of the Dark Continent and How Stanley Found Emin Pasha. A Complete History of all the Great Explorations and Discoveries in Africa, From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Including a Full, Authentic and Thrilling Account of Stanley's Famous Relief of Emin Pasha, Replete with Astonishing Incidents, Wonderful Adventures, Mysterious Providences, Grand Achievement, and Glorious Deeds, as Represented in the Devoted Lives and Splendid Careers of Such Brilliant Character as Henry M. Stanley, Emin Pasha, Gen. (Chinese) Gordon, And all other Great Travellers, Hunters and Explorer, who, For More than One Thousand Years, have made Africa a Land of Wonders by heor Heroism and Unparalleled Daring. Covering the Whole History of African Exploration and Discovery. Enlivened with Stories of Marvellous Hunts and Wonderful Adventures among Wild Animals, Ferocious Reptiles, and Curious and Savage Race of People who Inhabit the Dark Continent.

By J. W. Buel

1889

Historical Publishing Company : Philadephia

10.5" by 8"

606pp [2]

 

 

 

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An interesting work that explore the colonial attitudes of the late nineteenth century, and the Western exploration of the continent of Africa.

The works intention is clearly summarised by the author in the introduction. It states: 'Following a history of ancient Africa, I have sought to present a summary of the principal expeditions and individual explorers that have entered the continent during the past two hundred years, together with results of the labors.' This work explores the history of western exploration in Africa from 17th to the 19th century, whose expeditions It is important to note this works colonial attitudes, and the racial slurs used in the work, which reflect the societal perceptions of the late 19th century. This work particular praises the explorer Henry Morton Stanley, his exploration of the Continent, and his leadership of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. Though initially welcomed home a hero, the expedition was later heavily criticised, with many believing tha it was their cattle that introduced an unknown parasite to numerous Africa territories, resulting in widespread illness. This would be the last major expedition across the interior of Africa in the 19th century. Discussing these such stories of exploration, this work documents Western perceptions of the Africa continent during the 19th century. Profusely illustrated throughout.

CONDITION

In a full cloth binding, in the style of morocco leather and marbled endpapers. Externally sound. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Light rubbing to the spine, joint and extremities. Slight rubbing to the front board effecting the gilt lettering. Small amount of loss to the cloth to the front joint, with a small amount of fraying. Tape repairs to the front and rear joints. Very minor offsetting to the reverse of the front free endpaper, caused by the frontispiece. Joint to front free endpaper is strained. Internally, generally firmly bound, with the odd instant of strain. Pages are generally clean with some minor age toning, the the very occasional handling mark throughout.

Overall Condition: Good

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