Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition, An Enumeration of the Plants Collected During the Journey of the Late Captain J. H. Speke and Captain (Now Lieut. Col.) J. A. Grant from Zanzibar to Egypt

London: Taylor and Francis, 1872. First Edition. Quarto (30cm). Half-bound in black leather with purple-grey cloth over boards, all edges stained red; blue-grey coated endpapers; [iv],190pp; folding color map by W. & A. K. Johnston, 136 lithographs by W. H. Fitch with elegant later hand coloring. Gilt-stamped bookplate of the Campbells, Earls of Cawdor. Sound but rubbed, with slight wear to corners and joints, cloth fading, but hinges cracked but holding, slight dampstaining at top and bottom of hinges (internal), not affecting text or illustrations, minor foxing to textblock occasionally affecting plates, generally Very Good.

Vol. XXIX of the Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. Grant (1827-1892) made botanical observations during an expedition led by John Hanning Speke (1827-1864) to demonstrate that Lake Victoria was the true source of the Nile. Their party trekked to the lake, found a tributary, and sailed to Egypt, but were unable to map the entire course of the river. Richard Burton continued to contest their assertions until Speke and Grant were vindicated by the Stanley expedition of 1874-77. HOWGEGO III, S54.

The tooled bookplate matches a stamp used by John Frederick Campbell, 1st Earl Cawdor. As he died in 1860, we posit that this book belonged to the library of the 2nd Earl, who lived until 1898.

Price: $500.00

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