Red cloth-covered boards with black and gold decoration and lettering. Shelf wear and worn corners. Minor insect nibbling. First signature (containing title page and part of the Introduction) is separated from the binding, but present. The rest of the book is solid, binding tight and square. 576 pages, illustrated with 500 engravings and colored plates and a fold-out map of Africa reproduced from John Ogilby's 1670 map. A 19th-century history of expeditions, exploration, and discovery in Africa.