A Superb Copy with Folding MapsRichard Burton and Verney Lovett Cameron. To the Gold Coast for Gold, A Personal Narrative. London: Chatto & Windus, 1883.
First edition. Two octavo volumes. xii, 354; vi, 381 pages. Appendices. Index. Two folding maps. Color frontispiece.
Three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, double gilt rules on covers, spines elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in six compartments with five raised bands. Top edges gilt. Stamp-signed by Root & Son on the verso of the front free endpapers. Marbled endpapers. 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.
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