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Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa





de Beer Eb 1857 L


London: John Murray


Some 45 years after Park’s first expedition, fellow Scot and ‘medical missionary’ David Livingstone (1813-1873) embarked on his own explorations into ‘Darkest Africa’. Although Livingstone was wrong about the source of the Nile, he (re)-discovered other important geographical features such as Lake Ngami (1849), the Zambezi River (1851), and Victoria Falls (November 1855), named after Queen Victoria but previously known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the smoke that thunders’). Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (1857) carries a striking lithograph of the Falls and the classic statement within: ‘Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’ Livingstone was the first European to see the Falls. This first edition was purchased locally.


David Livingstone, “Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa,” | OUR Heritage, accessed August 14, 2020,

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