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Mystery sale of Livingstone's book
David Livingstone
The book was given to an ancestor of the Welshpool-based vendor
A signed first edition copy of a book by the explorer David Livingstone and owned by a mid Wales vendor has fetched 2,300 at auction.

The book, Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, was signed 'To Thomas Lloyd Esq with the kindest regards of David Livingstone, London 2nd November 1857'.

Mr Lloyd was a member of the famous Lloyds banking family, which sponsored Dr Livingstone on one of his many African expeditions.

The book was sold at auction in Shrewsbury this week by a descendant of Thomas Lloyd who lives near Welshpool but who wanted to be anonymous.

Dr Livingstone I presume
Henry Stanley

The book includes a detailed map of Livingstone's route across Africa constructed from his astronomical observations, bearings and estimated distances.

Richard Allen, director of Halls Fine Art, which auctioned the book said he was delighted with the price paid.

"It's a very nice thing to own," Mr Allen added.

Victoria Falls

Livingstone was a curious combination of missionary, doctor, explorer, scientist and anti-slavery activist.

He spent 30 years in Africa, exploring almost a third of the continent, from its southern tip almost to the equator.

He received a gold medal from the London Royal Geographical for being the first to cross the entire African Continent from west to east and was the first white man to see Victoria Falls.

On a journey to seek the source of the Nile in 1865, Livingstone was feared lost and the New York Times sent Denbigh-born journalist Henry Morton Stanley to find him.

In what became one of the most famous meetings in history Stanley encountered Livingstone with the words 'Dr Livingstone I presume'.

Following his death on April 30, 1873, Livingstone's heart was buried in Africa as he had requested, but his body was returned to England and buried in Westminster Abbey.

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