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Hundreds of adventurous travel stories outside Europe,
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Levick, G. Murray
Antarctic penguins. A study of their social habits
London, William Heinemann May 1914 first edition
8vo, publisher’s cloth. x, 140,  pages with frontispiece and 74 photos. Near Very Good copy of the second impression.
Levick was a British Antarctic explorer, who accompanied Scott as zoologist on his Terra Nova expedition. Part of the Northern Party, Levick spent the austral summer of 1911–1912 at Cape Adare in the midst of an Adélie penguin rookery. To date, this has been the only study of the Cape Adare rookery, the largest Adélie penguin colony in the world. The Northern Party were due to be picked up by the Terra Nova in February 1912, but the ship was unable to reach them due to pack ice, the party of five over wintered in an ice cave on Inexpressible Island in particularly uncomfortable conditions. Cherry-Garrard’s “The Worst Journey in the World” described the difficulties endured by the party in the winter of 1912. Levick photographed extensively throughout the expedition. Rosove 205.A3
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.