2022 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; signed by Candice Millard inside front (pic); Doubleday publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition of book and dust jacket.
the stirring story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time, and its complicated legacy. The Nile River is the longest in the world. Its fertile floodplain allowed for rise to the great civilization of ancient Egypt, but for millennia the location of its headwaters was shrouded in mystery. Pharaonic and Roman attempts to find it were stymied by a giant labyrinthine swamp, and subsequent expeditions got no further. In the 19th century, the discovery and translation of the Rosetta Stone set off a frenzy of interest in ancient Egypt. At the same time, European powers sent off waves of explorations intended to map the unknown corners of the globe - and extend their colonial empires.
Two British men - Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke - were sent by the Royal Geographical Society to claim the prize for England...
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