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    The African Association

    [African Association.] Proceedings of the Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa. London: T. Cadell, 1791.

    Octavo. xvi, 351 pages. Folding map.

    Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Raised bands, leather title label with gilt lettering to spine. Hinges cracked. Binding rubbed. Ex-library copy with cancellation stamp. Bookplate of previous owner. Very good.

    The African Association was formed in 1788 to expand the knowledge of African geography among the British. "Desirous of rescuing their age from a charge of ignorance, and strongly impressed with a conviction of the utility of thus enlarging the bounds of human knowledge, a small body of geographers formed the plan of an Association for promoting the discovery of the interior parts of Africa" (Markham). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    ESTC, T149178. Clements Robert Markham, The Fifty Years' Work of the Royal Geographical Society, 11.

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