R.H. Porter. 1890 London, 1st edn, 455pp, frontis + plates + text illus. + folding maps. Very Good copy rebound in 3/4 leather binding, marbled boards and end papers and 5 raised bands on the spine. Item #004875
Jameson was the naturalist on the ill-fated expedition under Henry Stanley to rescue Emin Pasha in Equatoria (who really didn't need rescuing). The expedition resulted in additional fame and fortune for Stanley with the publication of his book "In Darkest Africa." Part way into the trip Stanley left behind several officers and a few hundred men to form the "Rear Column," who were to guard supplies and wait for Stanley's return from the interior. Soon they were decimated by disease and starvation, eventually costing Major Barttelot his life. Jameson stalked buffalo and elephant, and bagged several hippopotamus on the Congo river. Like Barttelot, he also succumbed (on 17 Aug 1888) as did all the other European members but one of this part of the Expedition. Once Stanley returned, months and months later, all sorts of recriminations started about the Rear Column including cannibalism and dereliction of duty. His widow edited his papers and diary for publication in part to show that Jameson had done his duty.