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African exploration classic.
First US Edition. Hardcover; 9.5 inches, 24 cm tall; 590 pages + foldout map & publishers advertisements. Bound in publisher's pebbled cloth with gilt lettering and adornment on the spine. From the title page, it includes "map and portraits and numerous illustrations", some of which retain their tissue guards are chiefly from Captain Grant's drawings.
This volume is the account of the 1860-1862 expedition sponsored by the Royal Geographic Society during which John Speke, Captain H. M. Indian Army, confirms his assertions that Lake Victoria (Victoria Nyanza) was the source of the Nile.
Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Handling wear with rudded corners and handling wear. Damp-stain to upper fore-edge and the top edge of text to page 96. Does not affect illustrations or text. The map is clear and bright and shows earlier repairs with chipping on the edges.
John Hanning Speke (1827 - 1864) was an officer in the British Indian Army who made three exploratory expeditions to Africa and who is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile. As the first European who reached Lake Victoria he is credited as the "discoverer of the source of the Nile". He is also known for propounding the Hamitic hypothesis in 1863. In this hypothesis, he supposed that the Tutsi ethnic group were descendants of the biblical figure, Ham, and had lighter skin and more European features than the Bantu-featured Hutu over whom they ruled.
Title: Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: New York, Harper and Brothers Publishers: 1864
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Size: 9.5 inches, 24 cm tall; 590 pages
lb: 3.00 lb
Seller ID: 010281