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    First Edition of an Elusive Burton Title

    Richard F. Burton. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo. London: Samson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1876.

    First edition. Two octavo volumes. xiv, 261; vi, 355 pages (final page of Volume II misprinted as "255"). Two folding maps, four plates, illustrations in the text. Appendix.

    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 mild foxing. Very good.

    Each volume concerns a different visit Burton made to the regions of the Gabon and Congo rivers in the early 1860s. Although Burton never captured nor even spotted a gorilla (as was his hope during the first of these two excursions), he does provide some insight from talking with others who had direct contact with gorillas.

    Penzer, 94.


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