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David Livingstone: Letters and Documents 1841-1872

Biography / Memoir

Edited By: T Holmes

202 pages, no illustrations

James Currey

Hardback | Jan 1990 | #18953 | ISBN: 0852550413
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This collection of David Livingstone's personal papers, edited by Timothy Holmes, is from the Livingstone Museum in Zambia and features many previously unpublished letters. The first part deals with his period in Botswana, the second part focuses on the Zambezi expedition (1858-64), the third section covers to time of his visit to Britain in 1864-5, and the fourth part covers his last journey (1866-73). North America: Indiana U Press; Zambia: UNZA Press

'The production of this manuscript came as a great surprise to me. I had thought that practically all of the letters of Livingstone had either been published in the various collections or cited by one or more of the many Livingstone biographers. What we have is a rich collection, most of it hitherto unpublished and, in some instances, unknown. These letters add a new dimension to Livingstone. He comes through as a "kinder and gentler" person than described by recent biographers, but with human flaws. His treatment of some of the members of his party was not always "kindly" but the image that these letters provide is generally very positive.' - John S. Galbraith, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego '...provides a more rounded picture of Livingstone's character than tactfully edited versions, and it has much of value to the students of his life.' - Donald Simpson in African Affairs 'This volume, which has been very well edited, and annotated by Timothy Holmes, and beautifully produced by James Currey, prints about 140 of the two thousand or so letters which survive world-wide.' - Hugh Macmillan in The Journal of Southern African Studies 'L'ensemble constitue un ouvrage de grande qualite don't la richesse et la consultation aisee seduiront tant l'amatuer que le specialiste.' - Patrick Videcoq in Revue Francaise d'histoire d'outre-mer


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