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Fine Books and Works on Paper

Thursday 25th January 2018: 1:00pm GMT

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Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) The Lake Regions of Central Africa, 2 vol., first edition, half-titles, folding engraved map with partial hand-colouring, 12 chromoxylograph plates, wood-engraved illustrations, light foxing to some plates, map with tear at fold, contemporary ink inscription to front free endpaper, endpapers foxed, contemporary tan calf, gilt, spines gilt with roan labels, a little rubbed, [Penzer p.65], 8vo, 1860.

⁂ Account of the Royal Geographical Society expedition with John Hanning Speke in search of the source of the Nile in 1858-59. They started at Zanzibar and travelling through East Africa discovered Lake Tanganyika. After Burton became ill Speke carried on without him, as he did not believe that their location was the source. He was the first European to discover what he named Lake Victoria and claimed it to be the source but Burton disputed it, leading to a long-running bitter feud between them (see also lot 17).

Full Lot Details

Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) The Lake Regions of Central Africa, 2 vol., first edition, half-titles, folding engraved map with partial hand-colouring, 12 chromoxylograph plates, wood-engraved illustrations, light foxing to some plates, map with tear at fold, contemporary ink inscription to front free endpaper, endpapers foxed, contemporary tan calf, gilt, spines gilt with roan labels, a little rubbed, [Penzer p.65], 8vo, 1860.

⁂ Account of the Royal Geographical Society expedition with John Hanning Speke in search of the source of the Nile in 1858-59. They started at Zanzibar and travelling through East Africa discovered Lake Tanganyika. After Burton became ill Speke carried on without him, as he did not believe that their location was the source. He was the first European to discover what he named Lake Victoria and claimed it to be the source but Burton disputed it, leading to a long-running bitter feud between them (see also lot 17).