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DU CHAILLU, Paul B. Explorations & Adventures in Equatorial Africa; With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People, and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals.
London: John Murray, 1861. Second edition (same year as the first, and the same but for the “Notice to the Second Edition, June 1861” added after the Preface). Tall 8vo., orig. brown cloth dec. in blindstamp and with image of an ape in gilt on upper cover, xviii, 479, 32pp. ads dated “April 1861”. With folding frontispiece, illustrations, and folding map. Dampstain, which runs throughout the text but is most noticeable on the stiffer paper of the plates and titlepage, map at rear has been supplied from another copy and has some foxing and closed tears repaired with archival tape, gift inscription, rebacked with the original spine laid down, light wear to extremities, a very good copy.

Paul Du Chaillu (1831-1903), French-American explorer, author, and hunter, and “the first literate observer to venture far into the interior of western equatorial Africa on foot and to describe living gorillas.” This work, directed and a “Victorian mass audience” was extremely popular, though it was discounted by intellectuals and scientists of the period for its lurid and sensationalist content. “Although opinion on Du Chaillu's veracity is nearly as divided today as it was in his own day, much in his accounts of animals, African customs, and the geography of region has been shown to be accurate. Du Chaillu's contributions to African zoology and ethnography were substantial.”


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