Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

Speke, John Hanning

Verlag: Everyman Ltd, 1969
ISBN 10: 0460000500 / ISBN 13: 9780460000505
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1969. Reprint edition. 481 pages. Pictorial white dust-jacket over green cloth boards with decorative gilt.Inscription to the free endpaper. Good bright pages. Light tanning to the endpapers.Minor edge wear with corner bumping and scuffing. Good boards with minimal wear. Bright gilt.Price clipped dust-jacket. Small tears to the edges and corners. Rubbing and foxing to the jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Book Description: Published in 1863, this account of Speke's challenging journey through East Africa to trace the Nile from Lake Victoria contains important historical evidence about the indigenous tribes of the region. Speke's view on the source of the Nile, controversial at the time, was eventually proved correct.

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Verlag: Everyman Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: 1969
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Speke, John Hanning
Verlag: Dent, London (1969)
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Buchbeschreibung Dent, London, 1969. Buchzustand: Very Good. 477p hardback with good white dustjacket, only very minor wear to extremities and light foxing to back cover, boards and text fresh and bright, this title was published in the series Everyman's Library. Artikel-Nr. PAB 160899

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SPEKE, John Hanning.
Verlag: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863 (1863)
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Buchbeschreibung Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863, 1863. Octavo (215 × 135 mm). Contemporary straight-grain blue morocco, rebacked and relined some time in the early 20th century, smooth spine decoratively gilt in compartments, two-line gilt border enclosing decorative blind frame to sides, floral cornerpieces in blind, marbled edges and endpapers. Ticket of Charles Lauriat, Boston bookseller and noted survivor of the sinking of Lusitania, to the front free endpaper. Extremities a little rubbed, front inner hinge cracked between frontispiece and title page. A very good copy, internally clean and fresh, in an attractive binding. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, one other similar portrait, 24 further plates and 46 illustrations to the text, mostly after Speke or Grant, and 2 maps, one full-page, the other folding. First edition. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke discovered Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery, which Burton felt to be premature. In 1860 Speke returned to Africa to confirm his thesis, and in spite of complicated diplomacy involved in crossing the various kingdoms of the interior, eventually located "the point where the Nile issues from Lake Victoria – which he reached on 28 July 1862 and which he named Ripon Falls. This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career" (ODNB). Unfortunately Speke's companion James Grant, suffering from an ulcerated leg, had returned northward, so the discovery was unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile. On his return to London Speke almost immediately came under fire, not least from Burton, who questioned whether he had found the same lake from the north as he had seen from the south. The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But "the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the 'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the 'problem of all ages' He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather more than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown" (ibid.) Czech p. 151; Howgego IV, S53, S54; Ibrahim-Hilmy 255. Artikel-Nr. 117318

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SPEKE, John Hanning.
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Buchbeschreibung Edinburgh Blackwood, 1863. First edition. 8vo., xxxi, [1], 658 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Speke, engraved portrait of Grant (crease to corner), 24 engraved plates, 2 maps (1 folding, laid down), illustrations in text, contemporary half calf gilt, morocco lettering piece, a very attractive copy. The account of Speke's third and final expedition to Africa. This took place in 1860 with his friend and fellow Indian army officer James Augustus Grant (1827-1892) on an expedition organized by the Royal Geographic Society and supported by the British government. Their purpose was to explore the Victoria Nyanza area and confirm Speke's earlier view that the lake was the source of the White Nile. On 25 September 1860, their caravan left Zanzibar: a force of 217 people, including armed men and porters bearing loads of beads, cloths, and brass wire intended as gifts for safe passage. They arrived at Kazé (today's Tabora, Tanzania) on 24 January 1861, but further headway was hindered by the defection of carriers, local warfare, the rapacity of chiefs who controlled travel through the territory, and a serious illness suffered by Speke. Moving north between lakes Tanganyika and Victoria, and often traveling separately, Speke and Grant encountered further delays in the kingdoms of Mtésa (Mutesa), the ruler of Uganda, and Kamrasi (Kamurasi), the king of Unyoro. On 28 July 1862, Speke reached the point where the White Nile left Lake Victoria, naming it Ripon Falls—and establishing in his mind the veracity of his claim that the river began there. At Karuma Falls, where the river makes a big turn west, native warfare forced him to cut across country. Ultimately, the expedition reached Gondokoro on 15 February 1863, where Sir Samuel White Baker, coincidentally on his own self-funded mission up the Nile, was able to offer needed assistance. Back in England, Speke was showered with honors and feted by the Royal Geographical Society. But doubts of his claim remained, voiced particularly by Burton, primarily because Speke had not followed the Nile from Karuma Falls to Gondokoro. (Using Speke's maps, Baker would discover what Speke had thereby missed: Lake Albert.). A debate with his former friend-turned-nemesis Burton was arranged for 16 September 1864 to settle the matter; however, on that morning word arrived that Speke had died in a gun accident. Some thought it was a suicide, for he was known as an accomplished sportsman and hunter. Speke and Grant's successes are undisputed, however: they were the first Europeans to cross equatorial eastern Africa, and their explorations added more than 500 miles to the known geography of the area. And today Lake Victoria and its feeder streams are considered the sources of the White Nile. Artikel-Nr. 89676

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SPEKE, John Hanning.
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Buchbeschreibung Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863, 1863. Octavo. Original reddish-brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind panelling to the boards and gilt block of the King of Uganda to the front, bottom edge untrimmed, black coated endpapers, binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown. Contemporary ownership inscription, "Fanny Buckley, February 23rd /64" to the title page, later ink inscription "Loveridge" and other lightly pencilled notes to the initial blank. Spine refurbished, tips bumped, very faint marking to front board, contents fresh. A very good copy. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, one other similar portrait, 24 further engraved plates and 46 illustrations to the text, mostly after Speke or Grant, and 2 maps, one full-page, the other folding in an end-pocket. First edition. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery. In 1860 Speke returned to Africa to confirm his conclusions and eventually located "the point where the Nile issues from Lake Victoria which he named Ripon Falls. This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career" (ODNB). Unfortunately Speke's wounded companion James Grant had returned northward, so the discovery was unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile. On his return to London Speke's findings almost immediately came under fire, not least from Burton, who questioned whether he had found the same lake from the north as he had seen from the south. The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But "the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated. In discovering the 'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the 'problem of all ages' He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather more than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown" (idem). Czech p. 151; Howgego IV S53-4; Ibrahim-Hilmy 255. Artikel-Nr. 119227

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