MacMillan & Co. 1866 London, 1st edn, 1st state with list of illus mistake, 2 vols, 395pp & 384pp, illus, fold-out map, volume 2 has a tinted plates. A great set, very good plus, the forest-green cloth is bright and clean, the text block is unusually clean and fresh, hinges tight, end paers well-preserved and original. Some very slifght cloth bubbles. We have not seen a better set in 2 decades. Item #000220
Exploration and hunting by a man who was both a great explorer and a fanatical hunter. He carried a gargantuan 2-bore black powder gun that had the unlikely nickname of “Baby.” With it he shot elephants although the gun gave frightful nosebleeds. (We should think so at well over 10,000 fps of energy.) In this book Baker explores what is now Uganda and the Nile, from Lake Albert upward; account of his hunts during his travels. Scarce in first edition. Note that both volume one and two call in the list of illustrations for the same two maps to be in each volume, however only volume one has the maps. (One fold out.) This is a publisher's mistake and is true for all copies sold of the 1866 London first edition. We have seen later prints where this was corrected so we feel with certainty that is is a first edtion, first state et.