Lot 390: Cameron Across Africa, 1st Am. Ed., 1877

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Lot 390: Author: Cameron, Verney Lovett; Title: Across Africa; Place Published: New York; Publisher: Harper & Brothers; Date Published: 1877; Description: [iii]-xvi, [2], 17-508 + [8] ad pp. Numerous wood-engraved plates and illustrations; hand-colored folding map loose in front endpaper pocket. (8vo) original brown cloth stamped in gilt. First American Edition.Account by the first European to cross tropical Africa from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic. Turned down by the Royal Geographical Society when he offered to find Livingstone, he was appointed to lead the expedition to take supplies to Livingstone after Stanley had indeed found him. After a 500 mile journey through the heart of Africa, Cameron heard of Livingstone's death, but pressed on in his exploration. He arranged for Livingstone's belongings and journals to be shipped back to England, and then proceeded to survey Africa's second largest lake, Lake Tantanyika. Condition: Light wear to cloth; hinges cracked; map has extensive tape repairs on reverse; slight darkening of pages; good to very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $200-300
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