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In Darkest Africa

By Stanley, Henry M




In Darkest Africa (1890) is Henry M. Stanley’s own account of his last adventure on the African continent. At the turn of that century, the interior of the African continent was largely unknown to the American and European public. With the accounts of great explorers like Stanley, readers became thrilled by stories African expeditions and longed to follow in the footsteps of these explorers. In 1888, Stanley led an expedition to come to the aid of Mehmed Emin Pasha. The two volumes that compose In Darkest Africa; or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria are his account of what happened.

First edition identification and notes

In Darkest Africa was first published in an illustrated two-volume set by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1890. First editions have no additional printings indicated on the copyright page. This immensely popular text was published simultaneously in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch as well.

Other collectible or notable editions

Charles Scribner’s Sons also released just 250 copies of a signed deluxe limited first edition of In Darkest Africa in 1890. This edition includes six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three folding maps, and more.


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In Darkest Africa

Stanley, Henry M.

NY: Charles Scribner's, 1890. DeLuxe Ltd to 250 numbered/signed copies. Hardcover. VG+ to near Fine. or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. 1890 NY Two volumes: 429 and 472 pp. Edition de luxe limited to 250 numbered copies signed by Stanley. 6 etchings, 150 woodcut ill, 3 folding maps. Stanley was interested in establishing a British Protectorate in East Africa and at the same time trying to rescue the Governor of the Equatorial Province in Egypt. Stanley arranged to travel up the Congo and then to Albert N'yanza, a horrible, hazardous journey. Eventually reaching his goal, during the equally perilous return trip Stanley discovered the Mountains of the Moon (Ruwenzori) and a new lake that he named Lake Albert. Only slightly over 1/3 of the original group returned alive. This is considered one of the greatest accounts of travel writing, especially of African exploration. Printed on thick deckle edged paper and bound in half gilt black leather over thick gilt vellum boards. The set is in usually nice condition, the leather showing very little wear, the raised spine bands show no wear and the corners only the tiniest bit of wear. The vellum boards are lightly soiled but much cleaner than usual. The text block is fine. Overall a solid VG+ to near fine set. See pictures on our website.

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In Darkest Africa; or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.

STANLEY, Henry M.

New York:: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1890.. First edition; No. 226 of 250 copies, signed by Henry M. Stanley.. publisher's 3/4 morocco over gilt-decorated vellum, t.e.g.. Old ink signature in each volume (two signatures in Vol. I); dampstaining to a few dozen leaves including the frontispiece portrait; etchings foxed; vellum soiled and pulling away at the areas where it meets the leather spine and corners; corners rubbed. . Demy Quarto,. With six etchings and one hundred and fifty woodcut illustrations and maps..

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In Darkest Africa

STANLEY, HENRY M

New York: Scribner's, 1890. First American Edition; deluxe, large-paper issue; one of 250 numbered copies signed by Stanley. Two volumes; publisher's vellum and leather; owner’s signatures in each volume; staining and wear; only a good set. Stanley's fame was made by James Gordon Bennett's commission sending him to search for Livingstone, and he became the most famous explorer of his day. The world is a much smaller and less romantic place than it was over a hundred years ago; explorers hacked their way into the wilderness and faced every imaginable obstacle and danger. These days, blind men are led to the summit of Everest, satellites peer just about anywhere, and as much light can be shed on the interior of Africa as anyplace else.

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In Darkest Africa: or, the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria.

STANLEY, Henry M. (1841-1904).

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. 2 volumes. 8vo., (8 6/8 x 5 6/8 inches). Two large folding lithographic maps of ".Great Forest Region." ".Route of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition through Africa", and a smaller map ".of Emin Pasha's Province" in pockets at the end of each volume (some folds torn), engraved frontispiece portrait of Stanley in each volume, illustrated throughout with wood-engravings. Original green pictorial diced cloth gilt (a bit rubbed). First American edition, published in the same year in London in both trade and deluxe, signed, limited editions. Stanley's celebrated account of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition of 1886-1889 which traversed "Darkest Africa" up the Congo River through the Ituri Forest to the beleaguered province of Equatoria to rescue the reluctant governor Emin Pasha from the Mahdist revolt that had already succeeded in overwhelming Gordon at Khartoum. Relief came at high cost, with the los of two-thirds of the expedition as a result of death and desertion. It was the last privately funded European expedition of its kind, all subsequent expeditions being state funded and ostensibly for scientific purposes. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

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In Darkest Africa

STANLEY, Henry M.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1891. Or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. 2 volumes, octavo (220 x 143 mm). Original green pebble-grain cloth, titles and Stanley's bust gilt to spines, front boards lettered in gilt with silhouette of Africa blocked in blind and partially filled in black, brown endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each volume, 52 engraved plates of which one in colour (the sketch of Ruwenzori in volume 2), numerous illustrations to the text, 3 folding colour maps in end-pockets, that in volume 1 opening to approx. 60 x 80 cm. Ticket of the Publishers and Booksellers Protective Association to the rear free endpaper of volume 1. Some light rubbing to extremities, trivial pale mottling to covers, section of superficial cracking to rear inner hinge of volume 1, maps with a few short splits along folds and small closing holes at intersections of folds. An excellent copy in the attractive original cloth, unique to the US edition. First US edition, first printing. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered Ottoman governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense Ituri rain forest. Stanley's dealings with Emin Pasha, who proved singularly resistant to being "rescued", his abandonment of his own rear column and his wider motives for his mission have all come under suspicion then and since, but the book remains a classic of African exploration. In the course of the journey Stanley met Roger Casement, then in service on the Congo, discovered the great snow-capped range of Ruwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, a new lake which he named the Albert Edward Nyanza and a large south-western extension of Lake Victoria. First published in 1890 (in London), In Darkest Africa was quickly translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, while sales of the English trade editions reached 150,000 copies.

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IN DARKEST AFRICA (in 3 volumes complete)

Stanley, Henry M

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. First American Edition. 8vo. In 3 volumes, complete. With 2 steel engravings and over 150 illustrations and maps. Two large and one folding map have been professionally strengthen at their folds, so that they are complete usable, as these maps are often not. A separate map volume was created, matching the two original volumes, to hold them. The two original volumes are newly hinged and restored by a fine bookbinder. Volume I has a steel engraving of Stanley, protective tissue, 547 pp. Volume II has a second engraved portrait of Stanley, protective tissue, 540 pp. Stamp of previous owner to title pp. and verso of free front endpapers. Very good.. First American Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good. Illus. by Illustrated. 8vo.

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IN DARKEST AFRICA

STANLEY, Henry M

New York: Scribner's, 1890. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 3 maps in pockets, woodcuts. Octavos, half morocco bindings, marbled boards, all edges gilt, extremities rubbed. Stanley, who found Livingstone, and traversed Lake Victoria Nyanza, and relieved Emin Pasha, was knighted by Queen Victoria. 3 maps in pockets, woodcuts

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In Darkest Africa : or, The quest, rescue and retreat of Emin, governor of Equatoria (2 Volumes)

Stanley, Henry M.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Hardcover. VG all around with only a hint of shelf wear.. Both volumes: textured green cloth; map of Africa; gilt lettering. No dust jackets. Vol. I: xiv; 547 pp. with bw frontis (tissue guarded) and several bw plates/illustrations; 1 folding map in back pocket; Vol. II: xvi, 540 pp. with bw frontis (tissue guarded) and several bw plates/illustrations; 2 folding maps in back pocket. Heavy at 7 pounds and will require extra postage. Stanley's classic about Africa. "Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh-American journalist and explorer who had made his name after 'finding' Dr David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and explorer who the western world had lost contact with while on an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. After 'finding' Livingstone, Stanley continued to explore the continent; between 1886 and 1890 he led the expedition for the relief of Emin Pasha. In Darkest Africa (1890) is his account as leader of the controversial Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. - from the British Library.

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In Darkest Africa

STANLEY, HENRY M

New York: Scribner's, 1890. First American Edition; trade issue; two volumes; publisher's cloth. Aside from a little rubbing; a fine set.

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$450.00

In Darkest Africa ( 2 Volumes)

STANLEY, HENRY M.

New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1890. First American Edition. Two volumes. 8vo, xiv, 547; xvi, 540. Bound in 3/4 leather over marbled boards. Gilt lettering to spines and gilt decorated compartments. Edges of boards rubbed, spines also rubbed and scuffed, more so at the head. All edges gilt. Blanks and frontis engravings lightly foxed, books otherwise clean throughout. Bindings are tight and square. 3 folding maps present in the rear pockets and in very good condition. Numerous illustrations througout. A nice set. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good +.

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In Darkest Africa (2 Vols.)

Henry M. Stanley

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Green cloth with gilt lettering, Stanley vignette and facsimile signature. Debossed outline of Africa on upper boards. Only light wear on cloth edges and dustiness on page edges, otherwise this set is in outstanding condition. Brown coated endpapers, tissue guarded portrait of Stanley at beginning Vol. 1. All maps present in rear pocket parts and very crisp. Hard to top set of this outstanding work of exploration.. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Trade.

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In Darkest Africa (2 Vols.)

Stanley, Henry M

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Original dark green cloth with gilt lettering and vignette. Debossed outline of Africa with black center on upper cover. Spine ends a little crumpled and minor shelfwear. 3 maps in rear pockets as called for. A nice set of this classic of African adventure. . First American Edition.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Trade.

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$375.00

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In Darkest Africa: 2 vols

Stanley, Henry M

Charles Scribners, 1890-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volume set. Publisher's green pictorial cloth, with black Africa on front. Hardcover. Front hinge cracked on volume 1. Clean, unmarked pages. 3 folding maps in rear pocket. 23 cm. With one hundred and fifty woodcut illustrations and maps.

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In Darkest Africa (First Edition)

Stanley, Henry M. (Livingston)

New York & London: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1890. FIRST AMER. EDITION. Two volumes complete. Bound in the original textured green cloth with gilt lettering and a gilt-stamped portrait to each spine; each front board features the author's signature in gilt, as well as a blind-stamped impression of Africa with black shading and the title in gilt; brown endpapers. Books are heavy. Moderate shelf wear with 1/4 inch splits to the cloth at the top edge of the spine of volume one and 1/4 inch chip and fraying to the top of voume 2. Gilding on spine of both volumes is fading from wear. The three original folding, colored maps are present in the rear pockets of each volume Moderate general shelf wear. Pages slightly age-toned. Overall GOOD condition. Numerous in woodcuts and full page plates. Sir Henry Morton Stanley, also known as Bula Matari (Breaker of Rocks) in the Congo, born John Rowlands (January 28, 1841 -- May 10, 1904), was a 19th-century Welsh-born journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. He was born in Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales. His parents were not married, his father died when he was two years old and his mother, a butcher's daughter, refused to look after him, and he was brought up in a workhouse (now HM Stanley Hospital, St Asaph) until the age of 15. After completing an elementary education, he was employed as a pupil teacher in a National School. In 1859, at the age of 18, he made his passage to the United States on a ship, and upon arriving in New Orleans, he became friendly with a wealthy trader named Stanley, whose name he later assumed. After military service with both sides in the American Civil War, Stanley was recruited in 1867 by Colonel Samuel Forster Tappan (a one-time journalist) of the Indian Peace Commission to serve as a correspondent to cover the work of the Commission for several newspapers. Stanley was soon retained exclusively by James Gordon Bennett (1795-1872), founder of the New York Herald. This early period of his professional life is described in Volume I of his book My Early Travels and Adventures in America and Asia (1895). He became one of the Herald's overseas correspondents and, in 1869, was instructed by Bennett's son to find the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was known to be in Africa but had not been heard from for some time. According to Stanley's no doubt romanticised account, he asked James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (1841-1918), who had succeeded to the paper's management at his father's retirement in 1867, how much he could spend. The reply was "Draw £1, 000 now, and when you have gone through that, draw another £1, 000, and when that is spent, draw another £1, 000, and when you have finished that, draw another £1, 000, and so on -- BUT FIND LIVINGSTONE!"" Stanley traveled to Zanzibar and outfitted an expedition with the best of everything, requiring no fewer than 200 porters. He located Livingstone on November 10, 1871, in Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania, and greeted him (at least according to his own journal) with the now famous, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" (which was tongue-in-cheek because Livingstone was the only white person for hundreds of miles). Stanley joined him in exploring the region, establishing for certain that there was no connection between Lake Tanganyika and the river Nile. On his return, he wrote a book about his experiences. The New York Herald, in partnership with Britain's Daily Telegraph, then financed him on another expedition to the African continent, one of his achievements being to solve the last great mystery of African exploration by tracing the course of the river Congo to the sea. Controversy followed Stanley for most of his life. In later years he spent much energy defending himself against charges that his African expeditions had been marked by callous violence and brutality. Despite Stanley's efforts, the facts gradually emerged: his opinion was that "the savage only respects force, power, boldness, and decision." Stanley would eventually be held responsible for a number of deaths and was indirectly responsible for helping establish the rule of Léopold II of Belgium over the Congo Free State. In 1886, Stanley led the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition to "rescue" Emin Pasha, the governor of Equatoria in the southern Sudan.. First American Edition. Full Cloth. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover.

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In Darkest Africa

Stanley, Henry M.

New York: C. Scribner's, 1891. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volume set in wonderful condition, minor foxing on frps, slight wear to spine edges. 150 ill and maps, rear pockets complete in both, dark green cloth w/map of Africa on front, title and author's name in gilt. F/o presentation gift, 1894.

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In Darkest Africa: Or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria [Two Volumes]

Stanley, Henry M.

Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Hardbound. minor shelf wear else a nearly fine bright set in original green cloth with gilt stamped spines and gilt and black stamped covers. maps appear to have never been unfolded. a handsome set, unusual in this wonderful condition. 2 vols plus 3 maps in pockets at rears.

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In Darkest Africa: or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria

STANLEY, Henry M.

New York: Scribner, 1890. First. hardcover. good. 2 volumes. Steel-engraved frontispiece portraits, and 150 illustrations, many full-page. 3 folding maps, loose as issued in rear pockets; as usual starting to seperate at folds . xiv + 547; xvi + 540 pages. Thick 8vos, original green pictorial cloth; bindings rubbed inner hinges mendedl first volume has dampstaining on frontispiece portrait otherwise visible only on bottom edges of unopened pages. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. First American Edition. A good set. Account of Stanley's expedition to rescue Emin Pasha. The expedition "accomplished great things; it had made notable additions to African geography and ethnology.... Stanley called for the highest qualities of leadership" (--DNB). This immensely popular account was published simultaneously in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch.

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In Darkest Africa; or the The Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria

Stanley, Henry M.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1890. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Good +. M. G. Montbard, Forestier, M. Riou, Sydney Hall; M. Barbant; map by Edw. Stanford & John Bolton. Tall 8vos (8 7/8" x 6 1/4"), 2 Vols., pictorial bright gilt red cloth, author & explorers on frontispieces, with 150 woodcuts illustrations & engravings, 1 large foldout map, foldout table, decorative endpapers & map pastedowns, 529 & 472 pages. Good Plus Copy of an Uncommon title about the famous explorer. Rubbing to extremities of covers; a 1/4" bump in the lower center of the cover of Vol. 1; several dog-eared pages; 1 fold-out map missing from vol.1; the large folio map in vol. 2 has a small 1" tear repaired with scotch tape. A few pages have been roughly opened and have marginal tears.As is often characteristic of large 8vos, Inside hinges are tender but holding nicely: inner rear hinge of vol. 1 split. Overall, an attractive, well illustrated, bright pictorial edition about famous Henry Stanley's explorations. Pages are clean, tight, and bright, though a few have been roughly opened; some are still uncut. Generally, little foxing to engravings.

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In Darkest Africa --in 2 Vol. (1st American Edition)

Stanley, Henry M.

New York: Charles Scribners & Sons, 1890. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition with Two Steel Engravings and One Hundred and Fifty Illustrations and 3 fold out maps. In Two Volumes--Hardcover in Green Cloth--Pictorial Boards with Imprint of Africa in Black on front board--gilt lettering and decorations to the front boards and spines--a bit of the gilt lettering is worn on the spine of Vol. 1.. A mostly clean and tight set with moderate rubbing to the green cloth boards and edgewear to the extremities. Dustiness to the page edges and a bit of damp staining to the boards--but not affecting the interior pages. Original tissue guard covering Stanley's portraits on the frontispiece. Owner bookplate to the front pastedown of both volumes. All 3 maps are present in their rear pockets. When this publication was issued in 1890--it was an immediate success. At that time very little was known about the interior of Africa--and Stanley was sent on a mission (described as a Quest) to find the missing eminate governor of "Equatoria". This publication gave us the first hand knowledge of "Pygmies" and other tribes that were heretofore legends talked about. Stanley's description of Africa gave the foundation for Gardner's description in Tarzan of The Apes.

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In Darkest Africa; or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. With two steel engravings and one hundred and fifty illustrations and maps

STANLEY, Henry M.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Reprint (first published the previous year). 8vo. 2 volumes: xiv, 547; xvi, 540 pp. Illustrated, plates, maps, two large folding color maps in rear pockets. "Relief of Emin Pasha who had been cut off after the fall of Khartoum (1885) by the fanatical force of the Mahdi ... this adventure, with descriptions of the forest and its animal life, as well as both vivid and valuable ethnological data regarding the Pigmy tribes ... on his way from the vast shadow where so many of his men had met death (only a third survived the expedition), Stanley discovered Ruwenzori or 'Mountains of the Moon'" (DAB). Endpapers neatly replaced in volume 1, else a fine bright copy. Original gilt-stamped decorated green cloth. (#4722).

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