STANLEY, Henry Morton. The Congo and the Founding of Its Free State. A Story of Work and Exploration. ~i~London, Sampson Low, etc.,~I ~ 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 worn, spines with crinkles, as often the case, inner hinges re-inforced at an early date, one large folding map with repaired tear, the other with a little loss to repaaired folds; provenance near-contamporary Nairobi bookseller's label inside front cover of volume I, two ownership inscriptions to verso of portrait in volume I, Mid-century armorial bookplates Guy Johnson inside front covers.
First 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.