Sale 624 Lot 32
* BURTON, Richard Francis, Sir (1821-1890). The Lake Regions of Central Africa. London: Longman, Green, et al, 1860.
2 volumes, 8vo (217 x 134 mm). Tinted folding map, 12 chromolithographed plates, woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary polished calf gilt.
FIRST EDITION. The Lake Regions of Central Africa... is considered Burton's best writing and is also his first attack in print on Speke, who he traveled with to Central Africa. Speke was the first to return to England and the first to publish findings in Blackwood's Magazine, and took credit for their "discovery" of Lake Nyanza and the source of the White Nile (see lots 188 and 189). Burton countered with his denouncement of Speke's "inaccurate data and outrageous speculations" and the Royal Geographical Society printed it in full, perhaps in retaliation for Speke having turned to Blackwood's Magazine for publication and not to them, sponsors of the expedition. A FINE CLEAN COPY. Abbey Travel 275; Casada 42; Penzer p. 65-66; Spink 20.
Provenance: Francis Harvey (school prize inscription from Thomas K. McClintock, Burbury, on his leaving Stowe, Eton, 1865).