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The Nile Basin.

BURTON Richard F [Francis Sir] 1821-1890. and M'QUEEN James 1778-1870

  • Publisher: Tinsley Brothers
  • Published: 1864 , London: 18, Catherine St., Strand.
  • Condition: good
London: 18, Catherine St., Strand.: Tinsley Brothers, 1864 Good, 1st ed, 1864, 3 maps, with the 4 pages of adverts. In the original burgundy embossed cloth, corners & edges lightly bumped & worn. Spine, gilt titles, edges repaired, worn a little along the joints. Internally, [2], [3], (iv) only, [1], 6-65, [1], 2 maps, [1], 68-195, [1], 1 map, [4] adverts, original endpapers, pencil name to verso fep, lacks half title, a few light marks, edges uncut, printed by Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars, London. (Penzer p74. Casada 49. Alibone 261). Title continues: pt. 1. Showing Tanganyika to be Ptolemy's western lake reservoir : a memoir read before the Royal Geographical Society, November 14, 1864 ; with prefatory remarks / by Richard F. Burton -- pt. 2. Captain Speke's discovery of the source of the Nile : a review / by James M'Queen (reprinted by permission from the Morning advertiser). "The melancholy event of September 15th, 1864, which cast a gloom over our meetings at the pleasant "Bath Association," precludes the possibility of my entering into any questions of a private or a personal nature. It would, of course, have been far more congenial to my feelings to have met Captain Speke upon the platform, and to have argued out the affair before the scientific body then assembled. I went down fairly to seek this contest on September 13th. The day for the discussion was appointed for September 16th. Some hundreds of persons were assembled in the rooms of Section E, and when I appeared there it was only to hear that my quondam friend and Nile rival had on the previous afternoon lost his life by the merest accident. I had seen him at 13.0 P.M.; at 4 P.M. he was a corpse."

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