Across Africa. Verney Lovett Cameron.

Across Africa

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1877.

First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good-. xvi, 2-508 pp + 7 pp ads, with 33 plates and facsimiles and many other illustrations in the text; large folding map of showing the author's route (complete, but with some tears along the folds) in front pocket. Original brown cloth with gilt decoration. Small tears to cloth at head of spine, rubbing to extremities, dampstain to front board (not affecting text block). Rear hinge starting, binding otherwise sound, contents clean. "Cameron entered the British navy in 1857, taking part in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868 and in the suppression of the East African slave trade. In 1872 the Royal Geographical Society chose him to lead an expedition to aid David Livingstone. Soon after leaving Zanzibar, the expedition met Livingstone's servants bearing his body. At Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika, Cameron recovered some of Livingstone's papers. Exploring the southern half of the lake, he established its outlet at the Lukuga River, a Congo tributary. He then traced the Congo-Zambezi watershed for hundreds of miles and reached the west coast of Africa near Benguela, Angola, on Nov. 7, 1875" (Britannica). He was the first person to cross equatorial Africa from coast to coast.

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