Auction 169, Lot 744

"Map of the Routes in Eastern Africa Between Zanzibar, the Great Lakes and the Nile Explored and Surveyed by Captn. J.H. Speke 1857-1863", Royal Geographical Society

Subject: Central Africa

Period: 1864 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 29.5 inches
59.2 x 74.9 cm

This detailed map covers the expeditions of Captain J.H. Speke into the interior of Central Africa. Speke's first expedition (1857-59), color-coded in green, took him to Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria where he was the first reported European to visit both locations. Due to illness and hardship, Speke had to return prior to finding the source of the Nile. Speke's second journey (color-coded in red) took him along the western side of Lake Vicotoria, and when he reached the northern side, he found that the lake was in fact the source of the Nile (at Ripon Falls). Speke would continue his journey north to Gondokoro before eventually turning around. Speke's arduous journey and important findings played a crucial role in the opening of the interior of Central Africa to the western world. Printed by Stanford's Geographical Establishment in London.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with extraneous creasing at left and a small tear along the left fold at center. There is a bit of faint color offsetting at top.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/12/2018