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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.


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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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  • The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Hannibal’s Route over the Alps and African Exploration ) – October 1886.

    The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Hannibal’s Route over the Alps and African Exploration ) – October 1886.

    A complete issue in original blue wrappers pages 609 – 680, a complete monthly issue with two large folding maps at rear.

    Includes an important article reading the route Hannibal took over the Alps, always a matter subject to academic argument.

    Also includes important African exploration … the Congo by Colonel Francis de Winton; Exploration of the Tributaries of the Congo between Leopoldville and Stanley Falls George Grenfell and the Last German Expedition of 1884-1886.

    Armed with the newest geographical information from contemporary expeditions into the Alps, Freshfield presents theories and brings clarity for historians and geographers into historic events which have plagued mankind since the time of Polybius and Livy. A most captivating report examining the perplexing controversy of Hannibal’s passage over the Alps, and the victories he achieved in the name of Carthage. Accompanied by an exceptional fold-out colour map, this mountaineering report is one of the earliest reports that takes into account the mysteries of the Alps, and its treacherous passes, with regards to Hannibal’s daring.

    Hannibal, (247 B.C. – 182 B.C.), was a Carthaginian General, an implacable and formidable enemy of Rome. Although knowledge of him is based primarily on the reports of his enemies, Hannibal appears to have been both just and merciful. He is renowned for his tactical genius. With a relatively small army of select troops, Hannibal set out to invade Italy by the little-known overland route. He fought his way over the Pyrenees and reached the Rhône River before the Romans could block his crossing, moved up the valley to avoid their army, and crossed the Alps. This crossing of the Alps, with elephants and a full baggage train, is one of the remarkable feats of military history. Which pass he used is unknown; some scholars believe it was the Mont Genèvre or the Little St. Bernard.


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  • The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society London – April 1925 – The Great Barrier Reef

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society London – April 1925 – The Great Barrier Reef

    Complete edition April 1925 in original blue wrappers. Pages 281-376 after adverts, preliminaries etc with folding map at rear.

    The Great Barrier Reef by Colonel Sir Gerald Lenox-Conyngham and F.A. Potts the latter talking about “Life of the Reef”. Irish born Conyngham (1866-1956) was a surveyor and geodesist of some note. He was trained at the Royal Military Academy Woolwich and at Chatham. His study partly emphasises how little was known about the Great Barrier Reef at the time and his remarks and the report of Potts resulted in some lengthy discussion afterwards with interesting references back to Bramble, Stokes, Owen Stanley etc again emphasising the importance of the knowledge gained during those early 19thC voyages.

    Further of interest is a lengthy report on Nepal by Brig-General C.G. Bruce and Major Northey with a nice map and excellent photographs.

    And, a good study of the North-West extensions of the Jubaland Plain and the drainage of the Upper Nile by John Parkinson

    Great Barrier Reef – 1925 Perspective


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  • Eastern Hemisphere – “Ancien Continent” – Allain Manesson Mallet -1683

    Eastern Hemisphere – “Ancien Continent” – Allain Manesson Mallet -1683

    A beautiful original copper engraved map of the Eastern Hemisphere or “Ancien Continent” by Mallet published in Paris in 1863. Very nicely engraved and coloured … this is the superior version of Mallet’s map with the square riggers added for decoration.

    This is an early depiction of the West Coast of Australia and the Southern extremity of Tasmania following the exploratory efforts of the Dutch. A massive hypothetical “Terra Incognues” is shown in the south in order to “balance” the world.

    Mallet (1630-1706) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV became a Sergeant Major and an Inspector of Fortifications. His maps have a beautiful decorative and unique style.

    Price $360.00 framed in Voyager miniature map style .. enquire if you would like this item unframed

    Striking early map of the Eastern Hemisphere


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  • (Sancta Helena) Saint Helena Island – Bertius -1603

    (Sancta Helena) Saint Helena Island – Bertius -1603

    One of the most striking and coveted island maps from the early 17th Century – Sancta Helana.

    Engraved by Benjamin Wright for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1603 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”

    Distinctively signed by the elusive Wright in his abbreviated fashion near the bottom center of the plate.

    Am miniature map 12cm by 9cm to the printed borders. A Voyager favourite.

    Price framed in Voyager Miniature map style in beaded gilt frame with gilt fillet.


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