ALEXANDER, Lieutenant Boyd (1873-1910) | TALBOT, Percy Amaury (1877-1945)


Published: London :Edward Arnold,

Date: 1907

Two volumes. First Edition. 8vo. (24cm); (xvi), 358 pp; (xii), (396) pp. Portrait frontispiece in each volume, with tissue guards, and a total of 48 photographic plates, three folding maps (one slightly torn) and numerous in-text photos and illustrations; original red cloth lettered in gilt up the upper covers and spines; tips of corners bumped; former owner’s inscriptions to endpapers which have become rather browned and spotted. A really bright, near-Fine copy.

A detailed account of Alexander’s tragic expedition across west Africa 1904-07 during which two of the three party leaders perished, including his bother Claud. After an initial reluctance to publicise his findings Alexander felt moved to compile “a faithful history of our travels” as a memorial to his stricken companions "who lie in the earth too far away for many to read the records over their graves." The expedition covered 5,000 miles almost entirely by water, a remarkable achievement in its day. The survivors suffered countless ordeals including disease, hunger, and harsh weather conditions. The stories include meetings with different tribes, cannibalism, encounters with animals, slavery, elephant hunting and descriptions of local geography. The numerous photographs complement the account, with their variety and clarity in execution.


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