Sale 624 Lot 36

* CAILLIÉ, Réné (1799-1838). Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo; and Across the Great Desert to Morocco, in the years 1824-1828. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.

2 volumes, 8vo (214 x 135 mm). 2 folding maps, 5 lithographed plates (1 folding). (Some minor spotting.) Early 20th-century half crimson morocco, marbled boards, by Mudie.

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, HENRY M. STANLEY'S COPY of the narrative of the French explorer's travels to reach Timbuktu. On his return to France, Caillie became the first European to return alive from Timbuktu, and was awarded the prize of 10,000 francs by the Société de Géographie. Assisted by the scholar Edme-François Jomard, he published an account of his journey in French earlier the same year. In 1830 he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Société de Géographie. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY, bound for Henry M. Stanley.

Estimate $800-1,200

Provenance: Sir Henry M. Stanley (bookplate, purchased from the Archive of Henry Morton Stanley, Sotheby's London, 24 September 2002).

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