EXPLORATIONS AND ADVENTURES IN EQUATORIAL AFRICA

EXPLORATIONS AND ADVENTURES IN EQUATORIAL AFRICA

(New York: Harper and Brothers, 1862).

RARE FIRST PRINTING IN AMERICA. It was on this expedition that Du Chaillu confirmed the existence of that "monstrous and ferocious ape, the gorilla." His work is one of the seminal pieces of early Central African exploration. Copies of this, his most important work are especially elusive now in such handsome condition. Du Chaillu’s travels to Equatorial Africa were to an area previously unexplored by Europeans--the wooded region bordering the Equator, in the interior of Western Africa. It was on this journey that he was able to observe the habits of several remarkable species of animals found nowhere else and heretofore unknown. These included the gorilla, and Du Chaillu’s famous engraving was the first published illustration of this remarkable animal. Item #28738

First printing in America. With 79 black and white illustrations, including a folding frontispiece of a gorilla (the first ever of the animal) and a folding map at the rear. 8vo, bound in three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards, gilt lettered in a panel of the spine, with gilt tooling and decorated raised bands, marbled edges. xxii, 531 pp. A handsome, well preserved, tight and clean copy with only minor evidence of age.

Price: $650.00