London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1885. B&W plates from engravings. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Thick 8vo, decorative publisher's dark green gilt-stamped cloth with gilded buffalo horns on front cover, illustrated with frontispiece and 59 B&W plates, 2 folding maps, black-coated endpapers, xii + 583 pages. Good + / None. Item #5741
A classic account of Joseph Thomson's early Royal Geographical Society's East African travel, exploration and various adventures.
Joseph Thomson (1858 – 1895) was a Scottish geologist (student of Thomas Henry Huxley) and explorer who played an important part in the Scramble for Africa. Thomson's gazelle and Thomson's Falls, Nyahururu are named after him.
A GOOD or somewhat Better copy: technically Ex Libris though with only one such marking: a purple circular stamp (3/4" diam) of "The Daily Chronicle" at bottom center of title page. Cloth has wear, rubbed corners, and a few nicks (mainly at the head and foot of the spine); slight cocking to volume and cracking to hinges. A few plates are loose or detached. The large folding map at East Africa at the rear is complete but sections have separated with some chipping, though most parts retain continguity (see illustration). The smaller folded geological map at rear of the Mombasa - Victoria Nyanza region is well colored and complete without tears. Previous ownership marks on half title and blank front endpaper.