The Source of the Nile
BAKER, Samuel White. The Albert N’Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile, and Explorations of the Nile Source. With maps, illustrations, and portraits. London: Macmillan and Co., 1866.
First edition. Two octavo volumes (8 3/4 x 5 9/16 inches; 223 x 142 mm.). , [vii]-xxx, 395, [1, blank]; ix, , 384 pp. Engraved frontispiece containing two portraits in Volume I (included in pagination), tinted lithographic frontispiece in Volume II, thirteen wood-engraved plates, two colored engraved maps (of which one is folding), and wood-engraved text illustrations.
Original smooth green cloth. Front covers pictorially stamped in gilt within gilt double-rule borders, spines ruled, lettered,and pictorially stamped in gilt. Brown coated endpapers. All edges untrimmed. Partially unopened. Minimal bubbling to cloth, minimal rubbing or creasing to spine ends. Small neat armorial bookplate on front paste-down of volume one. Overall, a very fine set, exceptionally fresh and bright, of this important work.
“Baker had traveled extensively in the Near East between 1856 and 1860, and in 1861 he set out, accompanied by his Hungarian wife, on a journey to discover the source of the White Nile. He spend some time in the Sudan, and in February 1863 at Gondokro he met Speke and Grant on their return from an expedition undertaken with the same purpose during which they had reached Lake Victoria. They told Baker of some rumors they had heard of another great lake farther to the west. Baker then continued his journey, and after many adventures he first saw the great lake on 14 March 1864, and named it Albert N’Yanza (Lake Albert).…With this discovery an answer had been found to the age-old question of the origin of the Nile.…Baker was a man in the great imperial tradition of the Victorian age. He published many books on his various journeys and big-game hunting trips, and these books were some of the first to bring to Europe a picture of Africa as it really was” (Printing and the Mind of Man).
Printing and the Mind of Man 357. . Item #03105
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