SPEKE, John Hanning. What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile. Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1864.
8vo. Original terracotta cloth, spine lettered and ornamented in gilt, boards ruled in blind; pp. i-x, , 372, [32, publisher's catalogue]; wood-engraved by J.W. Whymper after I.B. Zwecker, one engraved folding map by W. & A.K. Johnstone after C.I. Cruttenden and Speke and one double-page engraved map by W. & A.K. Johnstone with route added by hand in red; extremities very lightly rubbed, front inner hinge strengthened, some variable, generally light spotting; a very good copy in the rarely seen original cloth binding by Edmonds & Remnants.
First edition. As Speke explains in the 'Advertisement' that prefaces the work, this is a 'short connected history of my first two explorations in Africa', and it recounts his 'independent journey to and from the Victoria N'yanza, which is the great source or reservoir of the Nile'. Speke's discovery of Lake Victoria was made on an expedition accompanying Richard F. Burton, who disputed Speke's claim that the lake was the source of the Nile. Speke later revisited the area with James Grant and was able to show that his initial claim was justified, as was revealed in Speke's previous work, the Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile (1863).
Czech, African p. 151; Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p. 255.