Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1909.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. xvii, 549 pp, in original gilt-lettered red cloth; no dust jacket. Fold out map at rear, 16 photogravure plates. Front hinge repaired, else a fine, bright copy. Stanley worked on the Autobiography for many years, but died before it was completed. According to the DNB, "Stanley's contribution to the history of African exploration remains a matter of contention. On the one hand, he is generally acknowledged to have settled many of the long-running controversies over the sources of the Nile and the geography of the great lakes. On the other hand, the style of his expedition-making marked a new phase in the history of exploration, virtually erasing the distinction between geography and warfare..Throughout his life, Stanley was in every way a masterful story-teller..His enormous drive won him notoriety as well as fame, though he defended his life's record to the very last: 'I was not sent into this world to be happy, nor to search for happiness. I was sent for a special work'."