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  • The Story of the Rear Column of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (Jameson’s Story of the Rear Column) – First UK Edition 1890.

    The Story of the Rear Column of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (Jameson’s Story of the Rear Column) – First UK Edition 1890.

    First UK edition 1890 published by R.H. Porter, London. A book edited by Mrs James Jameson … as the author of the diaries, letters etc upon which this is based died during the expedition. Published partly to exonerate her husband from rather difficult accusations

    Royal octavo, 455 pages with 100 plus illustrations. Two pages of folding maps at the rear that if which joined must be close to two metres long [We have only shown a scan on one map in two scans, in the images provied]. Really nice “Woodburytype” of Jameson as frontispiece. Original green cloth covered boards, gilt title to spine, gilt device to front with some loss of gilt. Some age, generally in a good to better condition. Illustrations by Charles Whymper from sketches by Jameson

    This is one of the four important accounts concerning the Henry Morton Stanley lead mega-expedition of 1886 to 1889 to save Emin Pasha who was under siege as the Governor of Equatoria. Stanley had put together an impressive yet unusual array of officers and gentlemen to assist in the expedition. Stanley’s account is written up in his best seller “In Darkest Africa” … volumes written within a few weeks of the expedition being over whilst resting in Cairo.

    It is a long story … Stanley heavily connected to Prince Leopold of Belgium decided to approach Equatoria, in the east from the west coast, up the Congo and through some very difficult previously unexplored territory “Darkest Africa”. There were many difficulties and mainly due to the immense number of personal and feeding them etc he decided to split the venture and produce and Advance and Rear Column

    James s Jameson was of the Irish whiskey family and a man of money. He was assigned to the Rear Column under the command of Barttlot. He acted as Naturalist and Artist. The organisation within the rear column quickly was in disarray many because they were left with insufficient currency to procure men, food etc (which was ammunition). Barttlet was shot attempting to strike a woman. Jameson got involved in one of the greatest scandals of the 19thC. He was said to be obsessively intertest in cannibalism and procured a young woman paying ten silk handkerchiefs … and the purpose was for him to witness her being offered in a ritual act of cannibalism. It is suggested he made sketches of various parts of the process. A Syrian translator with the Rear Column, Assad Farran, exposed these goings on which naturally Jameson vehemently denied … the book containing letters back to his wife etc on the affair … news of which had reached London. Perhaps fortuitously, Jameson contracted a fever and died.

    Jameson – in Stanley’s Darkest Africa with the Rear Column

    $290.00

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  • The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition – My Personal Experiences in Equatorial Africa as Medical Officer – Thomas Parke – First Edition 1891

    The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition – My Personal Experiences in Equatorial Africa as Medical Officer – Thomas Parke – First Edition 1891

    Published by Sampson Low etc, London in 1891 a first edition.

    Large thick royal octavo, 526 pages plus publishers advertisements. Original green cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt illustration to front cover, from a drawing by Dorothy Stanley (Henry Stanley’s Wife). Frontispiece of the author, 17 other plates, large (70cm by 39cm) folding coloured map by Stanfords in end-pocket.

    A bit of light spotting in some early pages and then in a group of three or four half way through, otherwise pretty clean. The map is in super condition, colours bright, track marked out in red etc.

    Thomas Heazle Parke (1857-1893) an Irish born surgeon who had joined the Egyptian Army and served at Tel el-Kebir in 1882. Soon became Director of the Hospital at Helwan. In 1885 he was involved in the relief of Gordan at Khartoum. He was appointed to Stanley’s expedition more or less by accident. Stanley met him at Alexandria on his way through … must have come without proper medical assistance .. Parke was his man. He spent three years as part of the Advance Column. Known as “the man who saved Stanley’s life” he saved many more … famously sucked the poison from arrow wound in the chest of Captain Stairs. He was, as a consequence of the expedition, the first Irishman to cross Africa.

    His account is a lively read, largely by its clear editing of Parke’s meticulous daily journals. He was a supporter of Stanley (there were two camps), who he thought … “carried us through a series of difficulties which, I believe, no other living man would have been able to battle with so successfully”.

    Stanley Expedition – Relief of Emin Pasha – Parke’s account

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $380.00

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  • Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    A scarce early copper engraved map of the eastern hemisphere with an outline of Northern Australia from the Dutch understanding.

    Published in Paris in 1648. The cartographer was Philippe Briet (1601-1668) also know as Philippus Brietius. He was a Jesuit scholar, historian and cartographer.

    Uncommon, with a good dark impression. Text on reverse with some show through as usual. Very good condition. Size 19cm by 14.5 cm in the printed area. Uncoloured as it should be.

    As well as Terre Australe there are a number of other cartographic features of interest including, Korea shown as an island, Africa has a large Lake Zaire, Sri Lanka is named Zailan an early Arabic name for the island. The ranges across Asia, east to west and down into the Himalayan region are the only mountain features shown. Note the sea between Java / Timor and Australia is named “Lanchidol” a curiosity explored by Donaldson in his paper “In Search of a Sea: the Origins of the Name Mare Lanchidol” published by the Australian Association for Maritime History” well worth the read …

    Scarce Mid 17thC Map with Terre Australe … a real historic beauty.

    $390.00

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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 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.

    $90.00

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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

    $90.00

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