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  • Tropical Africa – Henry Drummond – First Ed 1888

    Tropical Africa – Henry Drummond – First Ed 1888

    Published by Hodder and Stoughton London 1888, a first edition.

    Octavo, 228 pages, bound in the original red cloth with coated black end papers. Gilt lettering to spine and an gilt insect stamped on the front board. Illustrated with 4 excellent coloured folding maps, all in fine condition, as well as several wood engravings. Covers a trifle aged internally very clean a very good copy

    Scottish born Henry Drummond (1851-1897) was educated at Edinburgh University. He became a lecturer in Natural Science at the Free Church College. In 1880 he Became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposers included Lord Kelvin and Archibald Geikie. In 1883 he was invited by the African Lakes Company to conduct an expedition and study in Central Africa. From that effort this book was published in 1888.

    Contents include chapters on the River Zambesi and Shire; Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa; the country and people of Central Africa; travelling on the Nyassa-Tanganyika Plateau; a study of Africa insects, geology and some political commentary. A most useful and interesting digest.

    The four excellent maps include the Author’s route; a Slave Trade map (sadly there was a lot of it); a Geological sketch map and a Political Map showing European claims compared with Agreements … surprisingly different.

    $80.00

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  • The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    First edition published by W.H. Allen, London in 1869. Large octavo, 487 pages bound in original decorated blue cloth covered boards, professionally re-cased. Carries an original laid-down oval photograph of Prince Alfred., the Duke of Edinburgh and Captain of the Galatea, attributed to the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, Regent Street. Illustrated with eleven super chromolithographs, illustrations in the text and a large folding map at the rear. Good condition and rare in the original binding. Some foxing, in the ends and on pages around the plates.

    An interesting circumnavigation and a strong Australian focus. Eight of the twelve chapters relate to Australia, visiting South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Unfortunately, when in Sydney Prince Alfred was shot in the back by Henry O’Farrell, who claimed to be a Fenian but was really just a crazy man. The Prince survived. The events were the first Royal visit to Australia and the first assassination attempt! Alfred got out and about on his visits and the narrative is pretty interesting in all locations.

    Prior to Australia the Galatea called in at Gibraltar, Malta, Rio and Voyager favourite South Atlantic Island group Tristan d’Acunha of which thirty pages are devoted. Then to the Cape of Good Hope and an extraordinary elephant hunt.

    Prince Alfred was the second son and fourth child of Victoria and Albert. He became a highly regarded naval officer. He was given the command of HMS Galatea a 36 gun Ariadne Class frigate in 1866 after it had been re-fitted. He eventually became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

    $290.00

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  • The Albert Nyanza, Great Basin of the Nile, and Explorations of the Nile Sources – Sir Samuel W. Baker

    The Albert Nyanza, Great Basin of the Nile, and Explorations of the Nile Sources – Sir Samuel W. Baker

    Published by MacMillan, London in 1867 a second edition the scarce first the year before.

    Octavo, two volumes 271 and 372 pages after preliminaries. Two maps, one large folding map of The Albert N’yanza and the Routes Leading to the Discovery in 1864, in very good condition, and one full page General Map of the Country, Nile Basin also in fine condition. Frontispiece to Vol I of the author and his wife, frontispiece to Vol II is a beautiful coloured lithograph of Lake Albert. In addition, 12 wood engraved full page plates and 20 wood engravings in the text. Very good copies in bright green cloth with gilt decorations, albeit the cloth rear Vol II has a repair. A beautiful set.

    Samuel Baker was another one of those remarkable Victorian era individuals. This account represents one of the most important written on the Nile River. Speke and Grant had already proclaimed the Southern shore of Lake Victoria as the source of the White Nile. Baker accompanied by his second wife had commenced his own expedition whilst Speke was still active in the area. They met, and Speke gave Baker a rough map designed from reports by natives showing a possible large lake to the east. Baker explored in that direction and after finding and naming the magnificent Murchison Falls came across the western bank of a new massive lake which he named Lake Albert. He discovered that Lake Victoria emptied into Lake Albert before progressing north as the White Nile. Consequently, other inflows into Lake Albert were in themselves “sources” of the Nile. After a long period in the interior Baxter made his way north and eventually reached Khartoum in May 1865. On return to England these volumes were published. His writing style is well regarded as being very readable and his adventures reflect quite extraordinary circumstances and a quite extraordinary individual.

    Baker’s earlier years are worth understanding. He was brought up in a relatively wealthy family, including private tuition and finishing in Germany. His first job was a civil engineer in Eastern Europe working on rail and bridges. He married young and his bride went to the Seychelles to manage the family plantation. After a couple of years, they went to Ceylon and started what was to be a successful mountain retreat. His wife had seven children and died at 32 from typhoid. By this time Baker had become a renowned hunter and already published books on the subject. On return to the England he organised a hunt in eastern Europe for the Maharajah Duleep Singh. Out of interest he took the Maharajah to the Vidin slave market. There, he fell in love with a girl destined for the harem and bought here freedom. They were to marry (but much later on return form Africa) and she went by the name Florence Baker. She accompanied Baker everywhere and she features throughout these volumes on the source of the Nile. Baker was given the Gold Medal of the RGS for his achievements and similar honours overseas. He was knighted, although Victoria refused to meet him due to the circumstances of his marriage and possibly because of an age discrepancy as Florence may have been rather young when they got together. Baker went on to big things politically becoming the first Englishman to sit in high office in Egypt.

    Attractive books and fundamental to the Source of the Nile cannon. Large map in excellent condition.

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    $460.00

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  • Westward from Cocos – Coralie and  Leslie Rees – First edition 1960

    Westward from Cocos – Coralie and Leslie Rees – First edition 1960

    Published by the Australian Publishing Company in association with Harrap, London. A first Australian edition. Octavo, 268 pages, end paper maps and numerous illustrations from period photographs. Dust jacket a little chipped and some minor age marks, all up still a very good copy.

    Australians Coralie and Leslie Rees had already written the successful Spinifex Walkabout. Here they sail from Australia to England via the Cocos Islands, Mauritius, South Africa 9where they land and tour up through Rhodesia and on to the Victoria Falls. Back with the boat they sail up the East African coast and on through the Suez.

    On the Cocos the meet John Ross and on Mauritius retrace the steps of Matthew Flinders … and meet “Coelacanth” Smith, the discoverer of that important creature off Mombasa.

    Much more than plain sailing with C & L Rees.

    $30.00

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  • Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Published by John Murray, London on behalf of the Society. This is Volume the Fourth 1834 – Part II. Octavo, pages 129-422 plus index and Contents page repeated at rear with four folding maps and two plates at rear. Original card wrapper, chipped to front edge (re-enforced with archival japan paper) otherwise a very good copy in original state

    The report on Australia is by Major Campbell, 57 Foot, formerly Commandant of Melville Island. The report comprises pages 129-182 and is regarded as a very early fundamental report on the region. The accompanying map is a sizeable (44cm long) fold out with original hand colouring. The related map is partly discoloured.

    Of further interest … extracts from a Spanish Manuscript regarding expeditions between 1749 and 1776 with the view to establishing a Colony on Juan Fernandez. Interestingly, just after Lord Anson’s visit.

    Observations regarding the inhabitants of the Southern Coast of Arabia and the route through the desert from Kosir to Kench.

    Further reports on the Journal of Captain Robinson on HMS Favourite around Newfoundland. Bartholomew on HMS Leven on the Coast of west Africa. Schoolcraft and the expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake with a nice map at rear. Grenville Temple’s Travels in Tunis. A paper on the Migration of Polynesians by Australian John Dunmore Lang, one of the earliest attempts at the subject. Three Years in Abyssinia by Samuel Gobart. Travels in central Asia by Connolly and Burnes. Miscellaneous items on British Guiana, Chilli, South Africa, the Euphrates and the Nubian desert.

    Other than the Melville Island/Port Essington Map and that of the Mississippi explorations we have useful maps of Part of British Guyana and the Central Asian routes of Connolly and Burnes. The two plates are very browned and aged.

    Unusual to have Campbell’s report still bound in its original wrappers with the other reports of interest and, of course, the map.

    Early RGS Journal and early Northern territory Report – with some interesting extra’s and map.

    $290.00

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  • “Wrinkles” or Hints to Sportsmen and Travellers upon Dress, Equipment, Armament & Camp Life – By H.A.L “the Old  Shekarry” … Henry Astbury Leveson. – First Edition 1868.

    “Wrinkles” or Hints to Sportsmen and Travellers upon Dress, Equipment, Armament & Camp Life – By H.A.L “the Old Shekarry” … Henry Astbury Leveson. – First Edition 1868.

    A rare first edition of this excellent guide for gentleman travellers and sportsmen.

    Octavo, 294 pages, plus lengthy catalogue, published by Saunders, Otley & Co, Brook Street, London in 1868. Re-cased in original binding with gilt design to front. All up a very good copy of a scarce item.

    Henry Astbury Leveson (1828-1875) was a bit of a gent. Commissioned into the Honourable East India Company at the age of 17. Fought in the Crimea in the Ottoman Cavalry and several other more unusual skirmishes. Between wars he spent much time travelling in Africa and Asia big game hunting and unfortunately shot most things.

    A nicely illustrated book and when reading you can see how helpful it must have been to the wanabee explorer traveller full of information, hints and tips and maybe some placed advertisements. Contents start with “Upon Dress” and flow to Equipment; Sporting and Military Armament; with Practical Hints on the Use of the Rifle; Tents and Encampments. Among the “Hints” chapters we see Hints for Naturalists – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Specimens, Closing with a chapter on “the Forest and the Mountain”

    No better guide to “enjoyment” and survival in Darkest Africa and Deepest Asia

    ON HOLD

    $180.00

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