Map of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition 1890 (London Royal G.S.)

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Map printed by London's Royal Geographical Society depicting route of Emin Pasha Relief Expedition in Africa.
Royal Geographical Society 
Stanley Reception Meeting
Albert Hall May 5th 1890
                  Sketch Map
           of the Route of the 
   from the Mouth of the Aruwimi
(drawn from Mr. Stanley's Original Maps,
by the kind permission of the publishers
Mess. Sampson Low & Co)
   Printed London Edward Stanford

Printed on thin cardboard paper.

Some toning of cover paper, mild staining of front/back page, staining along folds. 

18 x 9 cm (folded)   25 x 9 cm (3-panel map)


On May 5, 1890 Stanley gave an address about the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition during a special meeting of the RGS in the Albert Hall.

Stanley was chosen to lead the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition which would travel west to east up the Congo, explore uncharted land on the way, and save Emin Pasha, the Governor of Egyptian Sudan from an uprising. Funding came from the Royal Geographical Society, various newspapers and private individuals and anti-slavery organisations. Stanley’s organisation and leadership of the expedition were catastrophic; the leader of his rear column, Major Edmund Bartellot went mad; five out of the nine Europeans died during the expedition and it arrived long after the threat had evaporated. Nevertheless the expedition was hailed as a success and the Royal Geographical Society even commissioned a medal, which was designed by a woman, which was unusual at that time.

This is the map as originally handed out at the meeting. The map is folded brochure style with beautiful scrollwork on the front and was published by Edward Stanford. The map was reproduced in the proceedings and added on p372, now with a line below the map stating it was published for the RGS


(courtesy of Swaen Auctions) 

Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB (born John Rowlands; 28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904) was a Welsh journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in and development of the Congo Basin region in association with King Leopold II of the Belgians, and for commanding the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. He was knighted in 1899.