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1858 1ed David Livingstone Missionary Travels AFRICA Illustrated South Zambezi

“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”– David Livingstone

A rare first edition of David Livingstone’s “Missionary Travels.” In this book Livingstone describes his travel and work as a missionary to the indigenous people in Central and South Africa. Through the mid-19th-century, South Africa was complete unknown to Europeans so Livingstone’s mission brought light to more than just spreading the gospel. The work deals with customs, languages, animal and plant biology, geology, topography, and mineralogy. “The geographical results of his journeys were of supreme importance, and made it possible to fill in great stretches of the maps of Central Africa which hitherto had been blank” (PMM 341).

Livingstone discovered the Zambesi River and Victoria Falls (which he named), parts of Angola, and Mozambique; met with and observed the Hottentot. He was also able to discover some of the most devastating instances of slave trade, which propelled his abolitionist ideals. This 1858 first edition features full-page engravings as well as in-text illustrations of the discoveries and encounters of Livingstone’s excursions.

Item number: #3561

Price: $499


Livingstone's travels and researches in South Africa including a sketch of sixteen years' residence in the interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast, thence across the continent, down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean.

Philadelphia, J.W. Bradley, 1859.


•Collation complete with all pages: [xiv], 440

oNumerous illustrated engravings; many full-page color

•References: PMM 341

•Language: English

•Binding: cloth hardcover; tight and secure

•Size: ~7in X 5in (17.5cm x 12.5cm)

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1858 1ed David Livingstone Missionary Travels AFRICA

Estimate $499 - $1,000Jul 29, 2018
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