STORY OF THE REAR COLUMN OF THE EMIN PASHA RELIEF EXPEDITION. By the Late James S. Jameson, Naturalist to the Expedition

(London: R.H. Porter, 1890).

SCARCE FIRST EDITION. ESPECIALLY WELL ILLUSTRATED FROM THE AUTHOR’S SKETCHES AND DRAWINGS. Jameson was a member of Henry Stanley’s expedition to relieve the Emin Pasha and part of the ill-fated rear guard at Yambuya. The Rear-guard was supposed to have resupplied Stanley’s expedition, but disease and the treachery of the Chief Tippu-Tib kept them from making their rondevous with Stanley. By the time Stanley returned to find them, all but one European was dead. Jameson died of fever.
The rear-guard, now dead and unable to defend itself, was accused of all sorts of wrongdoing and Jameson himself was accused of condoning and perhaps even encouraging cannibalism among the natives. These letters and diaries, edited by his wife are an attempt to rebut the accusations as well a publish the extensive notes that Jameson took on the expedition.
“The Diary abounds with indications of a vigorous, capable, and unflinching personality. His determination and skill in working with and managing the Arabs,...his unmurmuring endurance of toil and hunger in the march through the forest to Banalya-his fearless return march to Stanley Falls in the face of great dangers... these are the doings of a competent and sagacious man, worthy of the part to which he has been appointed.”-Preface. Item #29017

First edition. With a profusion of fine illustrations, many full page and throughout the text, by C. Whymper from the author's original sketches, a portrait frontispiece and a fold-out map at end. Thick 8vo, bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in 1/2 dark forest green morocco, lettered in gilt and with raised bands to the spine, marbled endleaves.. xxxii, 455. A very fine copy in an especially handsome binding executed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Beautifully preserved.

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