Sale 2379 - Lot 293
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BRUCE, JAMES. Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773 . . . Third Edition, Corrected and Enlarged. Engraved frontispiece in Volumes 4 and 5. 7 volumes, each with half-title. With atlas from the 1805 second edition containing 79 engraved plates of natural history and miscellaneous subjects, 3 folding maps, and 16 pages of letterpress text including half-title. Together, 8 volumes. Text volumes 8vo, 209x130 mm, in 19th-century green calf with red morocco lettering pieces, scuffed overall, spines darkened to brown, stains on covers of first 2 volumes, occasional browning, light dampstaining in lower outer corners in Volumes 1 and 3; atlas 4to, 296x233, in mid-19th-century 1/2 green calf with red morocco lettering piece, spine ends chipped, joints starting, varying foxing, short clean tears in first folding plate. Signatures of the astronomer George Ellery Hale (1868-1938). Edinburgh & London, 1813; 1805
"Bruce was only the second European to visit the isolated mountain kingdom of Abyssinia since the 1630s . . . His long and energetic narrative . . . remains one of the great travel accounts of the eighteenth century" (ODNB).