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Lot 6

Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S., 2 vol., first edition, original cloth, 1863.

 

Hammer Price: £1,500

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Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S., 2 vol., first edition, half-titles, folding lithographed map, wood-engraved frontispiece in vol.2, light spotting at beginning and ends, original dark purple cloth, spines with author's name, a little rubbed, very slight damp-mottling, spines faded, [Penzer p.69], 8vo, 1863.

⁂ In 1861 Burton took up the post of British consul on the Spanish island of Fernando Po (Bioko, off Cameroon in West Africa) and this work includes descriptions of the gold-mining prospects in both Sierra Leone and Nigeria. At the time Burton was in dispute with Speke over the source of the Nile and was infuriated by the Royal Geographical Society for choosing Speke to lead a second expedition to establish his claim, causing him to issue this work anonymously, although his name appears on the spines.

Full Lot Details

Africa.- Burton (Sir Richard Francis) Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S., 2 vol., first edition, half-titles, folding lithographed map, wood-engraved frontispiece in vol.2, light spotting at beginning and ends, original dark purple cloth, spines with author's name, a little rubbed, very slight damp-mottling, spines faded, [Penzer p.69], 8vo, 1863.

⁂ In 1861 Burton took up the post of British consul on the Spanish island of Fernando Po (Bioko, off Cameroon in West Africa) and this work includes descriptions of the gold-mining prospects in both Sierra Leone and Nigeria. At the time Burton was in dispute with Speke over the source of the Nile and was infuriated by the Royal Geographical Society for choosing Speke to lead a second expedition to establish his claim, causing him to issue this work anonymously, although his name appears on the spines.