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Narrative of an expedition to the Zambesi and its tributaries : and of the discovery of the lakes Shirwa and Nyassa : 1858-1864
Livingstone, David, 1813-1873.
Publication Information:
London : Duckworth, [2001]

Physical Description:
xviii, 458 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: London : J. Murray, 1865.
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DT731 .L752 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Commissioned during Britain s golden age for expeditions to chart the Zambesi river for minerals and trade, David Livingstone left England in 1858 for what is today Zimbabwe and discovered an area whose sharp contrast between misery and natural beauty bewitched him. Outraged by the racial injustice he found during the eight-year expedition, Livingstone wrote this gripping account in a refreshingly contemporary style. Worthy of the best writers of the time, the book was an instant success and turned him into one of Britain's most famous public persona."

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One of the most remarkable explorers of the nineteenth century, Livingstone sought first as a missionary and devout Christian to end the slave trade in Africa and then to locate the source of the Nile. In these attempts, he lost his wife, who caught a fever on an expedition in which she joined him. He discovered Victoria Falls and the lands between Nyasa and Tanganyika, encountering other hardships and tragedies in his double quest.

He was apparently much beloved by Africans who knew him. He never abated in his efforts on their behalf. His association with Sir Henry Morton Stanley is well known. The latter had been sent to find him by an American newspaper when Livingstone was feared lost. The formal approach of Stanley's first remark on finding him in a remote African village, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," amused the world, and the greeting became a byword. Stanley was with Livingstone in northern Tanganyika when the latter died. "Missionary Travels" (1857) is essentially the contemporary record of Livingstone's two journeys to northwestern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1851-1853.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

These are the first four titles in Duckworth's new "Discoverers" series, which will reprint the travel writings of popular authors. Doyle's volume tells of his stay in Rhodesia and Kenya in 1928. Before travelling to Africa, Stanley made extensive journeys through the Unites States and Asia, which he recounts here. Livingstone recalls his search for the source of the Zambesi River, while Verne documents early expeditions. Some of these volumes include period illustrations. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.