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Comment j'ai retrouvé Livingstone

STANLEY Henry M. (1876.)

£7500.00 

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Second French edition. Frontispiece. 60 steel-engraved illustrations to text, plus 6 maps (4 folding). 8vo. Quarter green morocco over blindstamped green buckram, spine gilt. [ii], [iv], 600pp. Paris, Hachette et Cie,

Presented by Stanley "To His Highness Barghash Bin Said Prince of Zanzibar & Pemba, from his Highness' most grateful, most obedient servant, Henry M Stanley, Paris, January 19, 1878."

Sayyi Brghash bin Said Al-Busaid (1837-88) was the second Sultan of Zanzibar, ruling from October 1870 to his death in 1888. He helped abolish the slave trade. Barghash is credited with building much of the infrastructure of Stone Town, including piped water, public baths, a police force, roads, parks, hospitals and large administrative buildings such as the (Bait el Ajaib) House of Wonders. He was perhaps the last Sultan to maintain a measure of true independence from European control.

In November 1868, Gordon Bennett, the editor of the New York Herald invited Stanley to go in search of Livingstone, who was presumed missing somewhere near Lake Tanganyika. This expedition would make Stanley's name.

After satisfying additional tasks requested of him by Bennett, he left Zanzibar in March 1871 with a small crew and headed for Lake Tanganyika. In November, Stanley found Livingstone at Ujiji and spent four months in his company. Livingstone was much weakened, though would not accede to Stanley's repeated advice to return to England and regain his health. Livingstone died not long after Stanley's departure. Gay, 3056.

Stock Code: 225242