Lot 479: Mungo Parks Travels in the African Interior 1800

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Lot 479: Author: Park, Mungo; Title: Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Performed under the Direction and Patronage of the African Association in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797; Place Published: New York; Publisher: J. Tiebout; Date Published: 1800; Description: 354, [2], 86 pp. Illustrated with fold out map at frontispiece. Also contains 2 pp. of music, "A Negro Song". (8vo) 21.5x12.5 cm (8x5"), full period calf. First American Edition.Mungo Park's legendary solo expedition into the interior of Africa in search of the source of the Niger River is one of the most remarkable tales in the annals of African exploration. Chosen as their envoy by the African Association when still in his early twenties, Park was able to travel as far as Timbuktoo on this, his first voyage, although he was stripped of his trade goods, supplies, and indeed his very clothing soon after passing into the unexplored regions. Park "made the first great practical advance in the opening-up of Central Africa...until the publication of [his books] hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa" (PMM 253). Condition: Moderate wear to exterior, rubbing and some fraying at edges and corners, chips at heel of spine, rear binding very tight due to repair work; browning and foxing throughout, "George Burgets book, bought by subscription price, 2 dollars and a half" written in pen on rear blank page; good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $500-800
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