Very good in good dust jacket. VG: Boards clean & bright. Binding tight & straight. Interior & Text excellent with no writing, underlining, names, plates, labels. D/J bright & clean with some edgewear & several small tears at edges. 308 p. Includes: illustrations, maps, index. H/B. Blue boards with gilt title on spine. Yellow endpapers with battle scene. 308p. Sources. Index. Photographs, Illustrations. 2 fold-up maps. Rough Cut side edges. Stated First Edition. D/J has Book Club printed on it. Book states First Edition while D/J has Book-of-the-Month Selection stated. Book includes 18 chapter illustrations, 26 pages of photos, maps. Following on from 'The White Nile' this is a story of Western exploration and expansion, from 1798 to the 19th century. Peopled with bizarre and fascinating individuals, extraordinary events, distant places & exotic sights. A classic.