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Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: performed under the direction and patronage of the Africa Association, in the years 1795, 1796, & 1797

by Park, Mungo

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  • Catalogue No : 17811
  • Published : 1807
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xx, 551

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5th edition. Mungo Park (1771-1806) was a Scottish explorer of West Africa. In 1785, Park was apprenticed to a surgeon in Selkirk, Scotland, and in 1788 entered Edinburgh University to study medicine. However, he took more interest in botany than medicine, and in 1792 went to London where he met Sir Joseph Banks, who arranged for him to go, in 1793, as surgeon's mate on an East India ship to Bencoolen, Sumatra, then under British rule; during his stay there he collected botanical specimens for Banks. Banks was a member of the African Association, founded in 1788 'for promoting the discovery of the inland parts' of Africa. In 1790 the association had sent Daniel Houghton, a retired army officer, to go up the Gambia River and make for Timbuktu, but he had died during the mission. On Park's return to London in 1794 Banks suggested him as a successor. He agreed, and the association appointed him, his instructions including 'to ascertain the course, and if possible, the rise and termination' of the Niger. Upon his return, together with Bryan Edwards, the secretary of the African Association, Park drew up an account of his travels for the members of the association; James Rennell added a map which showed the Niger. His 'Travels', first published in 1799, was a best-seller. Three editions were printed during the first year, and it was immediately translated into French and German, and eventually other languages. (ODNB)

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8vo, Cont. mottled calf, red leather title-piece to spine, joints cracked and a little tender, wear to corners. Map repaired at edges and with a few tears to the folds neatly repaired. A number of ownership signatures including of Frederick Charles Husenbeth (1796-1872), a wine merchant in Bristol and later a catholic priest who published a number of religious works. Also signature of Charles Edward Hubbard (1900-1980) a botanist known for his expertise on grasses.

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