Lot 461DENHAM, DIXON, and CLAPPERTON, HUGH
Narrative of travels and discoveries In Northern and Central Africa, in the years 1822, 1823, and 1824, by Major Denham, Captain Clapperton, and the late Doctor Oudney.... London: John Murray, 1826. First edition, presentation copy from Denham (inscription partially obscured by something once tipped to the head of the title). Period straight-grain pale brown morocco, all edges marbled. 10 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches (26 x 21 cm); lxviii, 336, [iv], 269 pp.; large folding engraved map, 36 (of 37, lacking the reduction of Bello's map) ) engraved plates (1 colored), a plate from the French edition bound-in at the front. Neatly rebacked retaining the original spine, new endpapers, occasional minor toning within, but a clean copy.
One of the more star-crossed African explorations of the period, largely because it was so severely marred by dissent between Clapperton and Denham, who at one juncture send home false reports that Clapperton had had a homosexual dalliance with an Arab servant. Oudney and Clapperton both suffered serious attacks from malaria, from which Oudney subsequently died. Other then illness and dissent, the journey (other than a severe desert crossing at the end) was really no worse than most.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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