DescriptionMungo Park. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa. London: 1799. First edition.
More Information: Mungo Park. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa. Performed under the Direction and Patronage of the African Association, in the Year 1795, 1796, 1797. With an Appendix, Containing Geographical Illustrations of Africa by Major Rennell. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the Author, 1799. First edition. Quarto. xxviii, 372, , xcii pages. Three folding maps and charts; six additional inserted plates, two of which are folding; two leaves of musical notation. Contemporary brown (remainder?) cloth; spine lettered in gilt. All edges trimmed and speckled brown. Backstrip and edges of boards toned; some areas of spot soiling; mild rubbing to boards; edge and joint wear, with split starting at bottom of front joint; spine ends pushed, lower frayed. Edges of text block toned. Interior unevenly browned with some scattered spotting and soiling, particularly at plates; repairs to both folding maps, some offsetting, tear at center of largest, partially mended. About very good. "Until the publication of Park's book in 1799 hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and coastal areas.... Parks Travels had an immediate success and was translated into most European languages. It has become a classic of travel literature, and its scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the negroes, have remained of lasting value"--PMM 253.
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