STANLEY, Henry Morton. The Congo and the Founding of Its Free State. A Story of Work and Exploration. New York, Harper and Brothers, 1885.
Two volumes, 8vo. Original green pictorial cloth; pp. xxvii, 528; x, 483; numerous wood-engraved plates and illustrations, 3 folding maps, 2 large folding coloured maps in rear pockets; extremities a little rubbed, one large folding map with repaired tear, the other with a few weaknesses to folds; evenly a little toned, a very clean and good copy; contemporary bookplate Arthur Holbrook of Milwaukee/Wisconsin inside front covers.
First US edition. Stanley made his name with his search for David Livingstone, related in the author's How I Found Livingstone. In the present work, he examines the possibility of trade and civilisation in the Congo area. Several chapters describe the Belgian settlements, the founding of Leopoldville, the discovery of Lake Leopold; others discuss slavery and slave kidnappers. One of the best and largest books on the country, covering its history, discovery by Europeans, trade, civilizations, ethnic groups, trade and commerce.