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Hundreds of adventurous travel stories outside Europe,
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Baikie, William Balfour
Narrative of an exploring voyage up the rivers Kwo'ra and Bi'nue (commonly known as the Niger and Tsádda) in 1854
London, John Murray 1856 first edition
8vo, publisher’s cloth with wear, mottled. xvi, 456 pages with a frontispiece, folding plan and folding map with closed tears, vignette on title-page, 32 pages with publisher’s ads. Good copy in the scarce original bindings.
Baikie was appointed surgeon and naturalist to the Niger expedition sent out in 1854 by Macgregor Laird. Ascending the Benue about 250 miles beyond the point reached by former explorers, the little steamer Pleiad returned and reached the mouth of the Niger, after a voyage of 118 days, without the loss of a single man. The expedition had been instructed to endeavour to afford assistance to explorer Heinrich Barth, but Baikie was unable to gain any trustworthy information concerning him. One of his other duties was to monitor the use of quinine which it was determined, quite rightly as it turned out, to be a protection for Europeans in the climate.
(Stanley, Henry Morton / Thoden van Velzen, U. W. )
De togt van H. M. Stanley door Midden-Afrika
Leeuwarden, A. Jongbloed 1881 first edition
8vo, publisher’s wrappers, worn. 61,  pages.
Rare Stanley collector’s item! Booklet published with a charitable purpose for the deaconie of a small church in Bergumerheide, probably home work written by its vicar U. W. Thoden van Velzen. He abridged and edited in Dutch “Through the dark continent”, the book itself was then not yet translated in Dutch. Only 3 copies in libraries.
Dostojewsky, F. M.
Schuld en boete
’s Gravenhage, A. Rössing 1885 first Dutch edition 3 volumes
8vo, original publisher’s cloth with printed boards, worn. Half title, title,  244; Half title, title, , 218; half title, title, , 252 pages. Each volume bound with the "Oordeel over schuld en boete" leave with reviews. Extremely rare.
The first Dutch edition of this masterpiece in world literature “Преступление и наказание” (Prestuplenie i nakazanie) was published in Russian in 1866 and later translated by Petros Kuknos from the German (“Raskolnikow” 1882) into Dutch. In more recent translations the title changed in “Misdaad en straf”. “Een Hollandsche nu verdwenen vertaling” (Romein, Kritiek, 1924). Waegemans/Willemsen 1991 nr. 746.