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Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, 5 Volumes

Author: Bruce, James
Price: $3900.00
Publisher Location: Edinburgh and London
Publisher: J. Ruthven and G.G.UJ and J. Robinson
Year Published: 1790
Book Condition: Very Good Plus
Binding: Full-Leather
Edition: First Edition
Bruce traveled through Egypt in 1768 to seek the source of the Nile. He embarked in the disguise of a Turkish sailor at Kossier, reaching Gordar in Abyssinia in 1770. Two years later he did reach the source of the Blue Nile, and he also reached its confluence with the White Nile (now known as Khartoum). These large five volumes, confirmed in detail by later travelers, are important for the literary merits and the descriptions of Egypt and Abyssinia. The final volume on natural history is a fine bonus. Half titles are lacking in this set, which is bound in the original tree calf, with new, rebacked spines.Raised bands, gilt decorations in the spine panels, and black title and volume labels with fresh gilt letters. The bindings are very solid inside and out. Vol 1 pages lxxxiii, 535. Vol 2 viii, 718. Vol 3, viii, 759. Vol 4, viii, 695. Vol 5, xiv, 230 pages with all plates, and the index. The 3 large, folding maps are at the end of volume five, as is an errata page. Hinges all very solid. Inside , very clean and tight. Images available on request. Because of the set's size and heft, extra postage will be necessary. A BEAUTIFULLY BOUND SET!
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