Lot 306: Africa.- Thomson (Joseph) Through Masai Land, 1st US edition, orig. cloth, Boston, 1885.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Africa.- Thomson (Joseph) Through Masai Land: A Journey of Exploration among the Snowclad Volcanic Mountains and Strange Tribes of Eastern Equatorial Africa, first American edition, half-title, wood-engraved frontispiece and illustrations, 2 folding colour maps at end, hole to margin of p.41, hinges worn, original pictorial olive green cloth, gilt, slightly rubbed and marked, [Czech p.164], 8vo, Boston, 1885. ⁂ "One of the great African travel epics." (Czech) During the expedition Thomson was gored by a buffalo and suffered malaria and dysentery but also discovered a new species of gazelle, subsequently named after him. His account of the expedition inspired Rider Haggard's novel King Solomon's Mines and, much to Thomson's irritation, included his accounts of discovering snow-capped mountains and frightening the natives by removing his false teeth.