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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Fine Binding, First Edition, Illustrated, Uncommon
With an inscription to the title page, 'A Goodsir nephew of author from Gertie'. It is believed this book was presented to one of the sons of Susanna Richardson and her husband Joseph Goodsir, probably Alexander David Goodsir. This is one of two works written by Richardson of his travels, the second being 'Travels in Morocco'. Half-title to volume I present. Additional half-title from volume II misbound before the preface to volume I. Pages v-vi has been misbound after vii-viii to volume I. Volume I has been rebacked with the original spine relaid. Illustrated, with a folding map to each volume. This work regards 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. This was Richardson's second time in Ghat whereby he was accompanied by Heinrich Barth and Adolf Overweg. Though he succumbed to fever before reaching Lake Tchad. They were the first Europeans to cross the stony elevated plain of the Hammada. This work is formed of Richardson's notes and diaries posthumously. A very smart first edition copy of this uncommon work.
In uniform full calf bindings. Rebacked with the spine laid down and boards preserved. Renewed spine labels. Externally, very smart with light rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Handling marks to boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Scattered spots to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, pages are clean.
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