LIFE AND LABORS OF DAVID LIVINGSTONE, LL.D., D.C.L., COVERING HIS ENTIRE CAREER IN SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL AFRICA. Carefully Prepared From the most authentic sources...his own two large volumes and his Journals, the Reports of the London Geographical Society... A thrilling narrative of the Adventures, Discoveries, Experiences and Achievements of the Greatest Explorer of Modern Times in a Wild and Wonderful Country,...

(Philadelphia: Hubbard Bros., [1875]).

FIRST EDITION IN UNUSUALLY FINE CONDITION. This comprehensive volume highlights the adventures of perhaps the most famous explorer of Africa in the19th century, Dr. David Livingstone. Rev. Chambliss lauds Livingstone’s heroism, dedication, and piety, and this expansive book details everything concerning his career in African travel.
It begins with historical descriptions of Africa prior to Livingstone’s arrival and accounts of Livingstone’s “early life [and] preparation for his life work,” and then moves chronologically through his many achievements and adventures (such as his unsatisfactory Zambesi expedition and his experiences with cannibals) and eventually to his death. Chambliss ends his narrative by relating the efforts of Baker and Speke and admires especially Livingstone’s never ending push to end the slave trade. The book is compiled from the works of Livingstone as well as several secondary authorities including Baker, Speke, Grant, and Barth. Each chapter has numerous subheadings detailing their content, which makes for easy referencing. This is a well-researched and extensively detailed volume and remains historically important in its own right. Item #31108

First edition. Richly illustrated with a great profusion of plates in black and white and with a portrait frontispiece of Livingstone and a fine large folding map of the routes and the regions depicted and with a fine calligraphic presentation inscription dated 1879. Tall, thick 8vo, publisher’s original elaborately decorated, rust colored cloth with black floral borders surrounding a gilt pictorial vignette and gilt lettering on the upper cover, lower cover blocked and elaborately decorated in blind and with gilt and black lettering and a gilt pictorial vignette on the spine. 805pp. An unusually fine and very handsome copy, the gilt and black decoration very bright and fresh, the cloth clean with rich colour and no fading, only a hint of any evidence of shelving, internally very crisp and fresh with only a tad of age mellowing.

Price: $245.00