In Darkest Africa

Or, The Quest, Rescue, And Retreat Of Emin, Governor Of Equatoria

Year 1890
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Pages 1087
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
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Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. FIRST EDITION. Two Volumes. Overall very good condition, interior is generally neat and clean with very minor soil, both volumes are soundly bound with no loose pages, all pages present map pockets at back covers of both volumes are present though maps are not, cracked front hinge in Volume I, shelf wear and mild shelf lean. With two steel engraved frontispiece portraits of Stanley with tissue guards plus 150 illustrations. Very scarce addition to any collection. Original 1890 first edition of "IN DARKEST AFRICA" complete two volume edition. “Perhaps no adventurer is more closely connected with Africa than Lord Stanley, whose various expeditions did more to reveal the nature of that continent than any modern explorer. This account contains the harrowing details of Stanley's journey through the nearly impenetrable Ituri, or Great Congo, Forest, which he traversed not once but three times over the course of his travels. The perilous journey nearly cost Stanley his life, and only a third of the men with whom he set out returned alive.“ When we think of Henry Stanley, we think of his assignment to Africa, finding the missing explorer DAVID LIVINGSTONE. Stanley found Livingstone, and is famous for having said "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" upon meeting him. The contents in this book will certainly not disappoint as it contains a full account of Stanley's travels and last African journey (1887-89) in the search, rescue and retreat of Mehmed Emin Pasha, who had been cut off by the Mahdist revolt in the Sudan. Stanely escorted Emin and 1,500 others to the eastern coast. It all began in 1886, Stanley led the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition to "rescue" Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria in the southern Sudan. King Leopold II demanded that Stanley take the longer route, via the Congo river, hoping to acquire more territory and perhaps even Equatoria. After immense hardships and great loss of life, Stanley met Emin in 1888, discovered the Ruwenzori Range and Lake Edward, and emerged from the interior with Emin and his surviving followers at the end of 1890. But this expedition tarnished Stanley's name because of the conduct of the other Europeans: British gentlemen and army officers. An army major was shot by a carrier, after behaving with extreme cruelty. James Jameson, heir to an Irish whiskey manufacturer, bought an eleven-year old girl and offered her to cannibals to document and sketch how she was cooked and eaten. Stanley only found out when Jameson had died of fever. Previous expeditions had given Stanley satisfaction, but this one only had caused disaster. Despite the negativity attached to this journey, Stanley helped to put Uganda into the British sphere of influence.” Two volumes exceedingly rare volumes. 1087 pages.