Book News Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...with a rare combination of art and veracity. N. Y. Tribune. Joseph Thomson, African Explorer. A Biography. By his Brother (Rev. J. B. Thomson, Greenock). With Contributions by Friends Maps and Illustrations. 358 pp. Indexed. i2mo, $2.00; by mail, $2.16. Joseph Thomson was the Bayard of African travel. He might have boasted with truth that not a drop of blood of his shedding stained any of his many pathways through unknown Africa; while no man with fear in his heart would have so frequently pressed a he did into situations in which his life was hardly worth a moment's purchase. When he began his work in Africa some sixteen years ago, there were still great blanks in the centre of the Continent; towards the filling up of these he made substantial contributions. His biography by his brother, the Rev. J. B. Thomson, will, we are sure, be welcome to many. It has been kept within reasonable bounds. While, of course, much of the volume is occupied with a summary of Joseph Thomson's various journeys in Africa, there is a fairly full and interesting account of the future traveller's jouth, his training at school and college, and in the hills around his beautiful home in Dumfriesshire. Joseph Thomson had at all times an exuberant style of writing, and in his letters this characteristic was indulged in without restraint. Many specimens of these letters arc given in this volume, most of them to ladies, with several of whom he formed friendships of the purest platonic character. He came of a fairly well-to-do Scotch family, and his training was of the good old-fashioned Scotch kind, though Thomson's mind was too broad and inquisitive to brook confinement for life within the narrow bounds of the shorter catechism. He was a man of resolute will and came...show more

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 989g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985257
  • 9781236985255