1861 - The Okavango River

The first British edition of THE OKAVANGO RIVER was published in London in 1861 by Hurst & Blackett. Harper & Brothers published the first American edition in New York in 1861.

The Harper edition is preferable, for it has a map and the same number and quality of illustrations as the Hurst edition.

Below are images of the first British edition of THE OKAVANGO RIVER, which is very difficult to find in original cloth binding in nice condition.

I found on the Internet the 2 images below

Below is an image of my copy of the American first edition, which is not easy to find in collectible condition

I am fortunate, for my copy is the nicest such copy I have ever seen

My copy of the more plain binding is pictured below

It is very nice inside, but appears to have been in a library at one time

I also have an ex-library copy that is taller than my other two copies, and it has untrimmed page edges on the fore and bottom edges. This is a mystery to me. Maybe there is a third original binding that I have yet to see?

Below: the frontispiece, the vignette-decorated title-page, and then the plain title-page dated 1861

The fabulous illustrations included in THE OKAVANGO RIVER

The map included in the Harper edition.

A variant American First Edition


SOLD - First British edition published by Hurst and Blackett, 1861