Magazine article Geographical

Age of Discovery for Sale. (London)

Magazine article Geographical

Age of Discovery for Sale. (London)

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Some of the "most historic artefacts ever to come to auction," including possessions used by Captain Bligh on HMS Bounty, will go under the hammer toward the end of this month (24-26 September). The sale includes Henry Morton Stanley's library and personal effects. Morton Stanley, who began life as a workhouse boy from St Asaph's, Wales, is celebrated as the greatest of all African explorers for his trans-Africa expedition (1874-1877).

One of the highlights of this collection is a waterstained map, carried by Stanley on his epic 999-day adventure. The map, which is expected to raise 20,000 [pounds sterling], features pencil notes that literally filled in the gaps, as the explorer made his way along the uncharted Congo river.

Another item on sale is the sextant given to Stanley by Livingstone at Ujiji, East Africa, after Stanley had located the great explorer and uttered the most famous greeting of all time," Doctor Livingstone, I presume. …

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