First Edition of Stanley's In Darkest Africa; Inscribed by Him to Lord Provost Muir
In Darkest Africa or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.
Stanley, Henry M.
Item Number: 87768
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1890.
First edition of Stanley’s classic work. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume one in the year of publication, “To the Lord Provost Muir of Glasgow, for courteous hospitality and attention to the author with his special compliments Henry M. Stanley July 3rd 1890 London.” Octavo, 2 volumes, cartographic endpapers. Two steel-engraved portrait frontispieces, 3 folding maps, 38 plates & 6 etchings (signed by the artist), with numerous illustrations. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A nice example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Stanley and Emin entered Bagamoyo on their donkeys, some way ahead of their caravan, on 4 December, 1889. It was sensational news. Emin was safe, although the expedition to relieve him had cost the lives of at least 700 people. With the good journalist's facility for rapid reporting, Stanley began his account of the rescue at the Hotel Victoria, Cairo, on 25 January 1890, working on it continuously for fifty days at the rate of 20 printed pages per day. The first portion of the manuscript was delivered to the printer's on 12 March and the last proof sheet returned for printing by Clowes on 3 June. Hosken p. 189