IN THE WINTER of 1865, African exploration had captured the attention of London society. Explorers were the celebrities of the time. Their books, illustrated with drawings of naked bodies and strange customs in strange lands, were bestsellers. The possibility of reaching the Mountains of the Moon and filling in the ‘blank spaces’ on the map of Africa stirred the blood as, in a later age, would the exploration of space.
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