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Further journeys worldwide

Bonham travel library highlights move first to Africa and eventually to the South Pole

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Last week’s first report on the fine travel library of John and Suzanne Bonham at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) focused on the Middle East, India, Central Asia and the Far East. This second selection begins with an African discovery and ends at the South Pole.


The surprise lot was an 1864 first of What led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, John Hanning Speke’s account of his 1857-58 expedition in company with Richard Burton.

Speke’s claim to have made the discovery after illness forced his companion to turn back was disputed by Burton and the two men were never reconciled. A debate between them was eventually arranged but then Speke died of an accidental gunshot wound – though some believed at the time that he had committed suicide.

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