Explorations & Adventures in Equatorial Africa; with Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People, and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Leopard, Elephant, Hippotamus, and other Animals. London, John Murray, 1861.
. Pp. xviii, 479. With folding frontispiece of a gorilla, one folding map (of Western Equatorial Africa), twenty-seven full page plates and many more illustrations in the text. Occasionally a few small stains to margin, otherwise a crisp and clean copy. Modern half calf, spine richly gilt in compartments with different animals and title labels. First edition of this famous account of the gorilla ("the monstrous and ferocious ape"). Paul Du Chaillu spent four years (1856-59) on his first expedition into Central Africa, to an area previously unexplored by Europeans. He made several important discoveries regarding the rivers of the region, the natives and unusual animals and fauna. He collected a vast number of specimens of birds, animals and fauna. The famous engraving of the gorilla was the first published illustration of the animal. Czech pp. 52-3. Gay 2756. Kainbacher p. 43. Ibrahim-Hilmy i, p. 194.
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