STANLEY, Henry Morton. How I Found Livingstone; Travels, Adventures and Discoveries in Central Africa; Including Four Months Residence with Dr. Livingstone. Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1872.
8vo. Original pictorial cloth, gilt; pp. xxiii, 736, 8, advertisements; 5 maps, photographic portrait frontispiece of Stanley, 27 full-page wood-engraved plates and 25 other smaller illustrations in the text; expertly rebacked, retaining endpapers; one map with a few repaired tears to folds; otherwise very good.
First edition. As war correspondent to the New York Herald, Stanley was commissioned by Gordon Bennett to find David Livingstone, whose fate in Central Africa was at the time unknown. Livingstone's 1867 Tanganyika expedition had been ill-equipped; poor health and lack of supplies led his porters to mutiny. After Livingstone had been wandering for six years, Stanley finally broke through from Zanzibar to Ujiji in late 1871 and succeeded in reviving Livingstone's spirits. Together they visited the northern end of Lake Tanganyika and ascertained that the Ruzizi flowed into and not out of the lake, which, therefore could not be connected to the Nile.