1885 The Congo and the Founding of its Free State: a Story of Work and Exploration
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First Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition of this work.
Complete in two volumes.
Volume I illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding colour map to the pocket to the rear, three folding colour maps, twenty-three plates, and in-text engravings. Collated, complete.
Volume II illustrated with a half-tone frontispiece, one folding colour map to the pocket to the rear, nineteen plates, and in-text engravings. One of the plates in Volume II is an in-text plan, however it is listed as a plate. Collated, complete.
Thirty-two pages of publisher's adverts to the rear of Volume II.
Bookplate of Sir T. F. Buxton to the front pastedowns, and to the verso of the front endpaper of Volume I, with Buxton's signature to the verso to the front endpaper, dated 1885. Sir Thomas Foxwell Buxton was named after his grandfather, who was an abolitionist and a social reformer. He was also the grandson of his namesake, the first Baronet, who founded the Society for the Extinction of the Slave Trade and for the Civilization of Africa in 1839. Through this expedition, Buxton promoted the 1841 Niger expedition.
This expedition work recounts the author's work undertaken as an agent of King Leopold II of Belgium. Stanley's work enabled the occupation of the Congo Basin region, and it's Free State, when it was privately owned by Leopold.
Stanley uses this work to justify the claiming in Congo during Europe's 'scramble for Africa'.
Written by Henry Morton Stanley, a journalist and explorer, who went on an expedition to search for David Livingstone. Stanley considered this Congo expedition to be the most important thing he ever achieved.
In the original publisher's cloth binding, rebacked with the original boards and spines restored. Externally, sound. Original spines are fractured with evidence of former loss. Some light marks to the boards and spines, with slightly heavier marks to the rear boards. Discolouration to the tail of the front board of Volume I. Minor bumping to the extremities. A little discolouration to the rear board of Volume II. Rear hinge of Volume I is starting but firm. Front hinge of Volume II is strained. Bookplate to the front pastedowns, and to the verso of the front endpaper of Volume I. Prior owner's ink signature to the verso to the front endpaper. Internally, Volume I is firmly bound, Volume II is generally firmly bound, a little strained in places. Pages are bright and generally clean with some spots and handling marks. Small closed tear to the tail of page 339/340 of Volume I, not affecting text. Plate 12 facing page 185 of Volume II with a small closed tear to the head, affecting only a very small amount of image. Folding map to the pocket of Volume I is a little age-toned to one panel, otherwise bright. A few small closed tears to the folds of the folding map to the pocket of Volume II.
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