John Hanning Speke

What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

William Blackwood and Sons


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First edition of Speke’s chronicles of his first explorations in Africa.

  • John Hanning Speke (English).
  • Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1864.
  • Octavo.
  • x, [32], 372 pages.
  • Frontispiece, and folding map of the Somali coast, and double-page sketch map of Eastern Africa.
  • The text in two parts each with a divisional title page.
  • Includes an old B.H. Blackwell Ltd. typed invoice from 1963, loosely inserted.
  • Bound in the original brown cloth by Edmonds & Remnants London with their label preserved to rear pastedown, spine lettered gilt, green endpapers, all edges untrimmed.


What the author calls his “short connected history of my first two explorations in Africa” — his account of his Somali and Lake Tanganyika expeditions in the 1850s, before the Nile expedition of 1860–1863. Mostly they were originally published in Blackwood’s Magazine.

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