Lot 292: Africa.- Speke (John Hanning) What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, 1st ed., orig. cloth, 1864.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Africa.- Speke (John Hanning) What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, first edition, half-title, wood-engraved plate (bound in text rather than as frontispiece), 2 maps (one folding, one double-page), 32pp. publishers' catalogue at end, some foxing, mostly at beginning and end, small abraded patch to verso of half-title, original terracotta cloth, very slightly rubbed, stab-hole to foot of spine, upper cover with small knock to fore-edge, [Czech p.151], 8vo, Edinburgh & London, 1864. ⁂ Account of Speke's first expedition in search of the source of the Nile, undertaken with Sir Richard Burton in 1856-59. They started at Zanzibar and travelling through East Africa discovered Lake Tanganyika. After Burton became ill Speke carried on without him, as he did not believe that their location was the source. He was the first European to discover what he named Lake Victoria and claimed it to be the source but Burton disputed it, leading to a long-running bitter feud between the two men.