Lot 85: Thomson (Joseph)


2015-10-06 14:39:53


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Lot 85: Thomson (Joseph). Through Masai Land: A Journey of Exploration Among the Snowclad Volcanic Mountains and Strange Tribes of Eastern Equitorial Africa. Being the Narrative of the Royal Geographical Society's Expedition to Mount Kenia and Lake Victoria Nyanzia, 1883-84, 3rd ed., 1885, half title present, two folding maps, wood-engraved plates and illustrations, 32pp. publisher's list at end, previous owner signature, original olive cloth gilt, edges slightly rubbed, 8vo. A good copy. One of the great books on African exploration by Joseph Thomson (1858-1895). Appointed geologist and naturalist to Alexander Keith Johnston's 1878 Royal Geographical Society's expedition to establish a route from Dar es Salaam to Lakes Nyasa and Tanganyika, he led the expedition after Johnston's demise, for fourteen months, covering 3000 miles, and collecting many new specimens. He was gored by a buffalo on a further expedition in 1883, and Thomson's Gazelle is named for him. His often quoted motto was "He who goes gently, goes safely, he who goes safely, goes far". (1) Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction October 2015 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: £300-400
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