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38.28 In Darkest Africa, Henry Morton Stanley, 1891, 1st edition, two Volumes, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York



This is the two volume, 529pp & 472pp  1st American edition set, signed by the author, limited to 250 copies.  The story of Henry Morton Stanley and Dr. Livingstone is a well known piece of world history.  When Stanley was born in Denbigh, Wales, his mother, Elizabeth Parry was 19 years old.  He never knew is father, who died within a few weeks of his birth.  His parents were never married and his birth certificate refers to him as a bastard child; this weighed heavily upon him all his life.  Stanley originally took his fathers name ( John Rowlands).  Brought up by his grandfather until the age of five when his guardian passed away; Stanley was then sent to St. Asaph Union Workhouse for the poor until the age of 15.  During this time he completed an elementary education and gained employment as a pupil teacher.  In 1859, at the age of 18, he made passage to the United States.  Upon arrival at New Orleans, he happened upon a wealthy trader named Henry Hope Stanley.  By his own accounts, he approached the man and asked “do you want a boy, sir?”.  The youth ended up taking Stanley as his name and was indeed adopted by Henry Stanley who died in 1878, leaving his son Henry Morton to pursue a career as a journalist; a trade he learned during his Civil War experience aboard the Union ship Minnesota  (Stanley also served briefly in the Confederate Army).   After the war, he eventually found employment with James Gordon Bennett, founder of the New York Herald.  Bennett was impressed with Stanley’s direct style of writing.  So much so, the newspaper made him their overseas correspondent and in 1869, was instructed to find the Scottish missionary and explorer “David Livingstone”.  In November of 1871 Stanley found Dr. Livingstone at Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania). The two volume set offered here  is bound in green cloth .  The front boards display an embossed outline of Africa, gilt-stamped facsimile signature beneath.  There is a guilt stamp bust of Stanley on the spine.  Both volumes boast steel engraved frontispiece of Stanley.  There are 150 illustrations combined.  The pocket at the rear of each volume contains large folded maps of Africa, with original color depicting his tracks; a total of three maps.  The volumes are in exceptional condition, displaying only very light shelf wear and a few scuff marks.  Binding is sturdy, a very clean set overall of this rare publication. The publications measure approximately ( each - 6.4" w  x 9. 1" h.  - 16 x 22.9 cm).   $985 set     ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

38.29 In Darkest Africa; or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria, two volumes, 1st edition, 1890, by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, Limited, London


The publication discusses Stanley’s last African expedition.  There are 50 woodcut illustrations, 3 foldout maps, 8 vo, original pictorial gilt, 529pp - 472pp.  There are two woodcut frontispiece illustrations ........ Volume I, a photogravure of Stanley and party (with tissue guard), Volume II, 36 numbered plates, over 100 wood-engraved text illustrations, and 3 folded color maps with tracks, and one data table.  The publication has dark red cloth boards, pictorially stamped title in gilt with gray / black illustration.  The spine on both volumes has standing image of Stanley in gold gilt, title and lettering in gold and black.  Library stamp inside Volume I front cover; Baptist Missionary Society - Mission House Library - 9167 station.  Such a mission station was used by Stanley during his exploits.  The two volume publication is complete light rubbing noted on the covers, some light foxing of interior pages.  Overall, in excellent condition, bright copy.  The publication measures approximately (8.9" x 5.5" - 218 x 140 mm).    $875.   ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)  

800.03          Palestinae sive Totius Terrae Promissionis Nova Descriptio Auctore Tilemanno Stella Sigenens,  c1572,  Abraham Ortelius, Antwerp


'A new description of Palestine or the whole Promised Land'.  The shoreline runs from Berytus (Beirut) to the Nile Delta, reaching inland east of Jordan and in the south to the red Sea.  The Dead sea is crescent shaped.  A legend at the upper left and the title at the bottom right are surrounded by cartouches in baroque style.  The legend reads: Antiquisima huius terre appelation fuit Canaan ... Hodie eam terram Sanctam unucupant ...  This is one of the later Ortelius prints of the first Ortelius map of Palestine.  The map is rated Very Good [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] and is a good dark impression in original color and measures approximately (13.8" x 18.6").    $985   ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)      Sale Price: 850

800.04 Carte de la Barbarie le la Nigritie et de la Guinee...., c1792, by Guillaume de L'Isle, Paris


A beautiful 18th century map of northwestern Africa from Barbary, Nigeria and Guinea to below the equator.  The map is full of geographic names and details with information on rivers and lakes of the continent.  This map first appeared in De L'Isle's Atlas de Geographie (1700-1712) and was later re-issued by Jan Elwe.  Numerous encampments are depicted with great detail throughout the Sahara Desert.  The map is rated Very Good with only slight age toning at the centerfold [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] and measures approximately (22.5" x 19.4") with a Certificate of Authenticity.   $439. ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.05   Carte de la Barbarie, Nigritie et de la Guinee avec les Pays Voisins, Dressee sur les Memoires les Plus ........... , ca 1719,  by Henri Abraham Chatelain, Amsterdam


 A very detailed map of western Africa taken from the Atlas Historique.., 1710 and based on Guillaume DeLisle’s map.  Well depicted is the Barbary coast down to the equator.  Included within the titling is a block of notations and text (lower left) corner dealing with the physical matters of the rivers and lakes.  Camps and other related subjects are noted in the Sahara Desert.  An excellent copperplate impression printed on watermark paper and rated Excellent [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] with one minor tear noted at the bottom centerfold, archivally repaired of about 1.5".  The map measurers approximately (20.1" x 15.8" - 51.1 x 40.2 cm).  $325    ($12. shipping /handling / ins.    - foreign postage addnl)      

800.06 Reisen der Kinder Israel aua Egypten, ca 1600, by Heinrich Bunting, Germany


A dramatic woodblock map illustrating the routes taken by the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt.  The map is very graphic with illustrations of the Pharaoh drowning in the Red Sea and Jonah seen on the back of a whale in the Mediterranean.  The map extends from Jerusalem and Median in the East to Babylon, Mephis and most of the Nile River Delta in the West.  This rare edition was taken from Bunting’s Itinerarum which was published in various languages between 1581 and 1757.  The map is rated Very Good [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] with several small worm holes noted that have been professionally repaired on this hand colored 17th century woodblock offering.  It measures approximately ( 14.4" x 10.4" - 36.6 x 26.5 cm).   $480.    ($12 shipping / handling / ins - foreign postage addnl)      

800.08 Wahrhaffte Abbildung der Barbarischen Vesting ORAN mit der Beyliegenden, ca 1732, by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg


The top portion is a detailed 18th century map of Algeria (Oran Province) with Algeria noted and shaded relief features shown of the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  The bottom half of the map is a view of the harbor with masted ships and fishing vessels depicted.  A list of prominent topographic features is provided along with a distance scale.  The map, in original wash color,  is rated Very Good [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] with one repaired tear noted at the top left center margin protruding into the neatline by 1 cm.  The map measures approximately (18.0" x 21.5"  - 46 x 54 cm).     $285. ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.09 Afrique ... Dressee pour l’usage du Roy par Guillaume, DeLisle, Premier Geographe de Sa Magjeste de l’Academie Royale des Sciences, ca 1742, by Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam


This is the third edition of this beautiful and very detailed map of Africa during the middle of the 18th century.  It is an important map of the continent and Madagascar.  The map is from de Lisle’s atlas of 1722 and then revised by Covens and Mortier.  Above the neatline in Latin a sub-title appears “ Africa accurtae in imperia, regna, status & populous divisa, ad usum Ludovici XV, Galliarum Regis”.  The map is rated Very Good , printed on heavy paper in original outline color with only light foxing noted and some light toning seen at the centerfold due to archival tape applied on the verso to re-enforce the fold [see our rating criteria on the Home Page].  It measures approximately (19.5" x 24.5"  - 49 x 62 cm).  $795.   ($12 shipping / handling / ins - foreign postage addnl.)   

800.10 Vue de la Ville du Grand Carie, et de ses Environs, ca 1710, by Henry Abraham Chatelain, Amsterdam


An unusual folio sheet features four views of Cairo with its architecture and the busy Nile River.  The views are flanked with French text describing the vicinity, commerce, and the history of the region.  The print is rated Very Good [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] with a small tear at the bottom fold repaired with archival tape on the verso and measures approximately (16.8" x 14.4"  - 42.7 x 36.6 cm).    $250. ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.11 Aegiipti recentior descriptio, c1588, by Abraham Ortelius, Antwerp


A miniature map of a portion of the Natoliae, quae olim Asia Minor, Nova Descriptio.  The map depicts the Nile valley in great detail with numerous place names.  In original color, the map is rated Very Good [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] and measures approximately (3.0" x 4.3"  - 7.7 x 11.0 cm).        $ 218.   ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.13    Guinea Nova Descriptio,  c1636,  by   J. Hondius,  Amsterdam


The map was first published in 1606 and this version appeared in Atlas Geographicke description of the Regions ....[Henry Hondius, 1636].   Embellished with a strapwork title cartouche in later color; the map extends from Gambia at the upper left to Gabon at the lower right.  An insert is shown of the Island of St. Thomas.  The map is rated Excellent [see our rating criteria on the Home page] and measures approximately (14.0" x 19.5" - 35 x 50 cm).  $380  ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.15 Afrique, 1874, by J. Migeon, Paris


A decorative map from the Geographie Universelle Atlas, by Migeon.  The map shows a view of Mount Saint Helene in the lower left corner.  Engraved by Schroeder, 1870.  Taken from one of the last decorative atlases of the 19th century, the map is in original color and rated Excellent [see our rating criteria on the Home Page].  It measures approximately ( 11.0" x 15.0" - 28 x 38 cm).  $100.  ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)         

800.22      Patriarchatus Antiocheni Geographica descriptio [Near East], c1650,  by Pierre Mariette, Paris

An ancient map of the Holy Land, Cyprus, Armenia, Iran, and Irak; prepared by M. Tavenier and published by the French engraver, Mariette, of rue S.Jacques a l'Esperance.  Title cartouche in the upper right corner.  A dark impression with original color.  The map measures approximately (14.4" x 19.8"); the overall condition is rated Excellent, with a Certificate of Authenticity.     $267.   ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.23 Aegypti Delta et Nile Ostia, c1774, by Christophorus Cellarius, Rome

A detailed map of the Delta region of Egypt from a copperplate engraving prepared by J.B. Ghisti for publication as plate XXII Geogrphia Antiqua. Cellarius was a geographer and a Professor at Halle. The maps condition is rated Excellent, no color as originally issued; measures approximately (8.5" x 13.4") with wide margins. Certificate of Authenticity with purchasers name. $ 140.   ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.27 Barbarie, Egypte, Nigrite, Guinee, Nubie, Abissinie - Par le S. Robert de Vaugondy Geog-ord du Roi, de S. M. Pol Due de Lorr .... c 1698, by Robert de Vaugondy, Paris


A very detailed map of North Africa centered on the Barbary coast.  Geographic data and regional boundaries are displayed.  The map extends beyond the neatline to include Cape Verde.  In original outline color, the map is rated Very Good [see our rating criteria on the Home Page] with a damp stain noted on the right and left sides, both outside the maps borders and not affecting it's subject matter . The map measures approximately  (9.8" x  14.6").     $110.  ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

800.30       In notitiam ecclesiasticam Africae Tabula Geographica,  c1780, by G. de L'Isle, Paris


A detailed map of North Africa to include Spain, and parts of Libya and the western portions of the Mediterranean.  Islands depicted include Sardinia, Corsica, Majorca and Minorca.  The is rated Very Good [see the rating criteria on the Home Page] uncolored with slight outline color noted to the  boundaries.  An elaborated title cartouche at the lower center of  the map was engraved by Joan Baptiste Liebaux.  The map measures approximately (19.1" x 25.08").    $220.   ($12. shipping / handling / ins. - foreign postage addnl.)

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