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    Richard Burton and Verney Lovett Cameron. To the Gold Coast for Gold, A Personal Narrative. In Two Volumes. London: Chatto & Windus, 1883.

    First edition. Two octavo volumes. xii, 354 plus 32 pages of ads dated December 1882; vi, 381 pages. Index. Two folding maps. Color frontispiece.

    Original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine, and black decorations and a gilt gold nugget on boards. Black endpapers. Both spines rubbed and sunned; boards lightly soiled. Both hinges of Volume I and front hinge of Volume II cracked; bindings a little loose. Top edges foxed. Inked name on first flyleaf of both volumes, dated 1888 above "Valley Forge Historical Society & Washington Memorial Library, Valley Forge" written in the same hand. Bookplate in both volumes. Pages and maps clean and bright. Very good.

    Explorer Burton and surveyor Cameron, both fascinated by gold, were sent by their employer, the Guinea Gold Coast Mining Co., to survey and report on the company's mining operations. If gold were found, Burton was to receive a percentage of the profits. There was gold, but because of a dispute with the Foreign Office, Burton left Africa and was ordered to forfeit all moneys related to the mining operation. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.


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