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Stanley, Henry M.

Henry M Stanley

At the height of the British Empire, Henry Morton Stanley was the poster boy of African exploration and discovery. Stanley is probably more famous today for one line (“Dr. Livingston, I presume?”) than for his other significant achievements. However, as an adventurer, few could match his skills and bravery in charting the Congo Basin or searching for the source of the Nile.

Just the titles alone of his most famous works (In Darkest Africa, How I Found Livingstone and Through the Dark Continent) conjure up images of Britain’s colonial past with the intrepid adventures of moustachioed Englishmen in pith helmets and knee length khaki shorts.

Stanley’s books should not be dismissed as just exaggerated stories of “daring do” however. The details of hardship and suffering are simply amazing; for example in Through the Dark Continent, Stanley reminds us that only a third of his 350-strong party survived the journey to explore Central Africa.

In Darkest Africa, published in two volumes can realize $6,000 for a signed, first edition. First editions of Through the Dark Continent from 1878 can realize around $500.

Not merely pure literary pieces, Stanley’s books are important as historical evidence. Stanley’s writing documents an important part of British, African and world history. Even with the dubious motivations, it is hard not to be impressed by Stanley’s stories of adventure.

Stanley, Henry M.. How I Found Livingstone. Scribner, Armstrong, New York (1872). Travels, Adventures, and Discoveries in Central Africa, Including An Account of Four Months' Residence with Dr. Livingstone

Stanley, Henry M.. How I Found Livingstone. Sampson Low Marston Low and Searle. London (1872). Illustrated with 28 plates by J.B. Zwecker, John Jellicoe and others; Travels, Adventures, and Discoveries in Central Africa, Including An Account of Four Months' Residence with Dr. Livingstone; Includes 6 maps

Stanley, Henry M.. How I Found Livingston. Dawson Brothers, Montreal (1872). Travels, Adventures, and Discoveries in Central Africa, Including An Account of Four Months' Residence with Dr. Livingstone; 28 full-page illustrations, 25 smaller illustrations, 6 maps; Canadian edition

Stanley, Henry M.. How I Found Livingstone. James Adam and Company, Toronto (1873). Travels, Adventures and Discoveries in Central Africa: Including an Account of Four Months' Residence with Dr. Livingstone

Stanley, Henry M.. How I Found Livingstone. A. Asher & Co. Unter Den Linden, Berlin (1873). Travels, Adventures and Discoveries in Central Africa: Including an Account of Four Months' Residence with Dr. Livingstone

Stanley, Henry M.. Coomassie and Magdala. Harper & Brothers, New York (1874). 27 b&w illustrations by Melton Prior; The Story of Two British Campaigns in Africa

Stanley, Henry M.. Coomassie and Magdala. Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, London (1874). 27 b&w illustrations by Melton Prior; The Story of Two British Campaigns in Africa

Stanley, Henry M.. Coomassie och Magdalena. Stockholm (1874). Translated into Swedish by C.G. Jungberg; Skildring af tv brittiska flttg; Illustrated with 13 full-page woodcuts

Stanley Henry M.. Durch den dunkeln Welttheil. Brockhaus F. A., Leibzig (1878). Translated into German by Prof. Dr. C. Bttger; Through the Dark Continent, or part of the sources of the Nile, traveling around the great lakes of equatorial Africa un the Livingstone River downstream to the Atlantic Ocean; Illustrated %2B maps; 2 volumes

Stanley, Henry M.. Through the Dark Continent. Harper & Brothers, New York (1878). or The Sources of the Nile around the Great Lakes of Equatorial Africa and Down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean; 10 maps, 34 full-page plates, 149 b/w illustrations; First American edition; 2 volumes

Stanley, Henry M.. Through the Dark Continent. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London (1878). or The Sources of the Nile around the Great Lakes of Equatorial Africa and Down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean; 2 volumes; 10 full-page maps, 34 full-page plates, 149 b/w illustrations

Stanley, Henry M.. Through the Dark Continent. Harper & Brothers, New York (1879). or the Sources of the Nile Around the Great lakes of Equatorial Africa and Down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean; reprint of 1878 American edition; Illustrated with 32 wood engraved plates, 8 maps %2B 2 folding maps; 2 volumes

STANLEY (Henry M.). Comment j'ai retrouv Livingstone. Hachette et Cie, Paris (1884). Translated into French by H. Loreau; 'How I found Livingstone. Travels, adventures, and discoveries in Central Africa'; with 60 full-page plates and 6 maps, 3 folding; 4th edition

Stanley Henry M.. Cinq Annes au Congo. Bruxelles (1885). Translated into French by Gerard Harry; 5 years in the Congo (1879-1884). Travels, Explorations, Foundation of the Free State of the Congo; 120 b/w illustrations, 4 coloured maps

Stanley,Henry M.. The Congo And The Founding Of Its Free State. Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington Limited, London (1885). 43 b/w illustrations by J.D. Cooper and John Bolton; A Story Of Work And Exploration; 2 volumes; 5 maps

Stanley, Henry M.. The Congo And The Founding Of Its Free State. Harper & Brothers, New York (1885). 44 b/w illustrations by J.D. Cooper and John Bolton; A Story Of Work And Exploration; 2 volumes; 5 maps

Stanley, Henry M.. Cinq annes au Congo. Maurice Dreyfous, Paris (1890). 5 years in the Congo (1879-1884). Travels, Explorations, Foundation of the Free State of the Congo; 100 b/w illustrations,3 coloured maps; 2nd French edition

Stanley, Henry M.. Cinq Annes Au Congo 1879-1884 Voyages-Explorations.Fondation de l'tat libre du Congo. Institut National de Gographie, Bruxelles (1890). Translated into French by Gerard Harry; 5 years in the Congo (1879-1884). Travels, Explorations, Foundation of the Free State of the Congo; 120 b/w illustrations, 4 coloured maps

Mounteney-Jephson, A.J.. Emin Pasha and the Rebellion at the Equator. Sampson Low Marston Searle and Rivington, London (1890). Introduction and Revision by Henry M. Stanley; A Story of Nine Months' Experiences in the Last of the Soudan Provinces.; 21 full-page engravings, folding map, letter facsimile; 3rd edition

Mounteney-Jephson, A.J.. Emin Pasha and the Rebellion at the Equator. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1890).

Stanley, Henry M.. I Det Mkaste Afrika. P.A. Norstedt & Sners, Stockholm (1890). In Darkest Africa, Emin Pasha and the Rebellion at the Equator; Translated by E.W. Dahlgren; 3 folding map, 144 illustrations; Swedish edition; 2 volumes

Stanley, Henry M.. Im Dunkelsten Afrika. F.A. Brockhaus, Leipzig (1890). Translated by by H. von Wobeser; In Darkest Africa. Exploration, rescue, and of retreat of Emin Pasha, Governor of the Equatorial Province; 150 illustrations, 3 maps, facsimile letter; German edition

Stanley, Henry M.. In Afrikas donkere wildernissen. Arnhem, Cohen, ca. (1890). In Darkest Africa. Exploration, rescue, and of retreat of Emin Pasha, Governor of the Equatorial Province; illustrated, 2 fold-out coloured maps; Dutch edition; 2 volumes

Stanley, Henry M.. In Darkest Africa. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1890). 150 illustrations; 4 folding maps; First American Edition; 2 volumes; limited edition of 250 numbered copies

Stanley, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. Sampson Low, Marston and Rivington Limited, London (1890). or the Quest Rescue and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria; illustrated with 150 woodcut plates, 1 coloured map, 3 folding maps; 2 volumes; edition includes deluxe 250 numbered copies

Stanley, Henry M.. Nell'Africa Tenebrosa. Fratelli Treves, Milano (1890). Translated by Adolfo Massoni; 'ovvero Ricerca liberazione e ritorno di Emin Governatore della Provincia Equatoriale' - In Darkest Africa; or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria; 2nd edition; 2 volumes; italian edition

Stanley, Henry M.. In Darkest Africa. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1891). Or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria.; 150 illustrations and 3 maps; first US edition; 2 volumesStanley, Henry M.My Dark Companions and Their Strange StoriesScribners, New York189346 woodcut illustrationsStanley, Henry M.My Dark Companions and Their Strange StoriesSampson Low, Martson & Co., London189345 Text and plate illustrationsStanley, Henry M.My Early Travels and Adventures in America and AsiaSampson Low, Marston & Co., London18952 volumes; 2 maps; 1st and 2nd edition within same yearStanley, Henry M.The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, G.C.B., Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston1909Illustrated sixteen photogravures, facsimile letter, and a map; Edited by Dorothy Stanley; First American editionStanley, Henry M.The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, G.C.B., Sampson Low, Marston and Co.,London1909Illustrated sixteen photogravures, facsimile letter, and a map; Edited by Dorothy Stanley; First American edition; deluxe limited to 250 copies signed by Dorothy Stanley