(New York: Longman's Green, 1912).
THE LAST DIARIES OF A FAMED AFRICAN EXPLORER, PLUS A MEMOIR BY HIS BROTHER, RARE IN SUCH NICE CONDITION. Boyd Alexander was the famous author of FROM THE NIGER TO THE NILE, a detailed and enthralling history of a scientific expedition into Africa from 1904-1907 that covered 5,000 miles almost entirely by water, a remarkable achievement in its day. However, the expedition ended with death for two of the three party leaders, and Alexander’s publication of the journey’s account was his monument to his fallen comrades.
This book continues the story of Boyd Alexander’s life through the diary entries he kept with the intention of writing another book of what turned out to be his last journey. He died tragically in Africa in a skirmish with the natives before it could be completed. The entries were compiled and edited by his brother, Herbert, who declares them to be “like looking at the studies for a picture that the artist has not lived to paint. It may be that there are parts that are over-laboured in the details and awaiting the simplifying sweep of the brush, while there are others in vital places left vague for the decisive master-strokes; but all are drawn with an eye most careful for the truth, and would have enriched even though they might never have shown in the finished work” (58). Complete with a short memoir by his brother of Boyd Alexander’s life from childhood to his last days, this work is a touching tribute compiled for Alexander’s “friends and admirers as a record of his last work, for which he gave his life” (57). Item #28300
First edition, the original sheets printed in England, with Longman's added to the title-page for American distribution. Illustrated numerous black and white plates from photographs, two maps, one folding. 8vo, publisher’s original royal blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated with gilt sun-rise vignette on upper cover. vii, 296 pp. An unusually handsome, fine, bright, and clean copy, the text also beautifully preserved, near pristine.