Stanley, Henry Morton
'IN DARKEST AFRICA; OR THE QUEST, RESCUE, AND RETREAT OF EMIN, GOVERNOR OF EQUATORIA'. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1890
2 volumes, 4to (11 1/4 x 8 7/8 in.; 288 x 225mm). Photogravure frontispieces, titles in red and black, 4 colored maps, 3 of which folding with the 2 largest on linen as issued, 6 etchings by M.G. Montbard signed in pencil, 36 plates, one leaf of autograph facsimile, in-text illustrations; one or two closed marginal tears, closed tear to tissue guard, some toning to plates. Original half morocco and vellum over bevelled boards, upper boards with gilt lettering and central flag fern motif, spines with raised bands in six compartments, second, third, and fourth gilt-lettered, top edges gilt; some spotting to vellum, edges foxed, rubbing to extremities.
Russell Aitken (bookplate to front pastedown of vol. I) — Christie's New York, 4 April 2003, lot 951