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    Henry M. Stanley. In Darkest Africa or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. Demy Quarto Edition de Luxe, numbered thirty-nine of 250 limited copies and signed by Henry M. Stanley. Two quarto volumes. [1, half-title], [1, limitation], [i]-xv, [1, blank], 529, [1, colophon] pages; [1, half-title], [1, colophon], xv, [1, blank], 472 pages. With six etched plates signed in pencil by G. Montbard, and 150 woodcut illustrations. Four maps, three of which are folding; two are linen-backed. Titles printed in red and black. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Stanley printed on India paper. Satin book marks. Original dark brown half morocco over vellum boards with title, flag of Emin Pasha, and Stanley's signature stamped in gilt on boards and spines. Top edges gilt, fore-edges and tail edges untrimmed. Boards somewhat rubbed and soiled, boards a bit splayed, and spines sun-faded slightly. Volume I has vellum lifting at morocco corners, whereas Volume II is sun-faded on upper third of front board, in addition to a minor chip to vellum on front board, a moderate stain on left of rear board, and board edges lightly abraded. Text block edges of both toned. Volume I with small stain affecting lower margin of pages 316-319. Volume II has preliminary leaves faintly marked in green with at least an "M" in the outer margins. A very good set.

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    Following the fall of Khartoum to the Muhdists in 1885, a German naturalist Eduard Schnitzer, also known as "Emin Pasha," was left in charge of the only organized Egyptian force left in equatorial Sudan. Henry M. Stanley was sent on an expedition to relieve Emin Pasha, which in and of itself was filled with danger and treachery as well as a reluctant Emin Pasha who had little desire to be "rescued." Eventually, the remaining party marched to the coast of East Africa.

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