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* ALLEN, William (1793-1864); and THOMSON, Thomas Richard Heywood (1813-1876). A Narrative of the Expedition sent by Her Majesty's Government to the River Niger. London: Richard Bentley, 1848.
2 volumes, 8vo. With engraved portrait, 2 folding maps, and 19 plates (one double-page). (Short separation to fold of panorama repaired verso.) Contemporary half calf gilt (spines slightly darkened).
FIRST EDITION. The "Extinction of the Slave Trade" was the primary objective of the Niger Expedition of 1841, in the hope of obtaining more accurate knowledge of the conditions of those countries bordering the Niger, and of eliciting the help of local native chiefs. The expedition failed when the three ships were forced to return to the coast after outbreaks of malaria, and the expedition was recalled completely in 1842.