Later edition of this description of the disastrous Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, as told by its leader Henry M. Stanley.
IN DARKEST AFRICA
"Only a Carlyle in his maturest period, as when he drew in lurid colours the agonies of the terrible French Revolution, can do justice to the long catalogue of disasters which has followed from the connection of England and Egypt."
After making his name by "finding" David Livingstone in Africa, journalist Henry M. Stanley continued to capitalize on the idea of African exploration. Stanley organized the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, which took place between 1886-1889, partly as an effort to restore communications with the Equatoria province but primarily as an envoy for English territorial annexation. IN DARKEST AFRICA tells of this ill-fated expedition, which left a trail of violence and cruelty in its wake, with extensive illustrations and maps. This set's binding design, depicting the African Continent with an ombre-outlined black, further speaks to the production as an artifact of the late Victorian colonialist perspective, mimicking the perspective of Stanley's narrative.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Full title: In Darkest Africa, or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria. 9'' x 5.75''. Original pictorial green cloth bindings with gilt lettering. Brown endpapers. Full-page portrait frontispieces with numerous in-text illustrations; vol. 1 with 1 map in pocket to rear, vol. 2 with 2 maps in pocket to rear. 548; 540 pages, including index in vol. 2. Owner's names to front flyleaves, 1952. Bindings with moderate rubbing, light edgewear; corners and spine ends somewhat fraying. A few long close tears to folds of vol. 1 map. Textblocks sharp and clean.
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