Lot 480: Mungo Park's Travels in Africa, Two Volumes

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Lot 480: 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...With an Appendix, Containing Geographical Illustrations of Africa by Major Rennell and The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa in the Year 1805; Place Published: London; Publisher: W. Bulmer and Co.; Date Published: 1799, 1815; Description: 2 volumes. xxviii, [6], 372, xcii; xvii, [3], 373 pp. Illustrated with engraved portrait frontispiece after Edridge, two engraved maps, one with Park's route hand-colored, an engraved chart, and five engraved plates after drawings by Park, two of which are folding botanicals and the others, views. Also contains 2 pp. of music, "A Negro Song". (4to) 26x20 cm (10x8") half period cloth and tan cloth, marbled endpapers. Second Editions.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). These Editions were published separately and later bound as a set. Condition: Wearing and rubbing to covers, some calf chipping away at corners and head of spines; small tears to maps, light foxing throughout;else very 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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