The collection consists of two letters: to Dear madam, 10 Dec. 1895, apologizing for her busy schedule and her inability to review her book; to Baroness von Gedlitz, 15 Jan. 1896, returning corrected proofs of her book, with specific references to her time in Africa.
In Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (#1993-0057R/VF Lit)
Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from Clive Farahar, 1993.
Mary Kingsley was a celebrated Victorian explorer, author, lecturer, and paradox. Her visits to Africa provided her with scientific accomplishments, lecture topics, and anecdotes to fill several popular travel books. She espoused a realistic view of Western Africa and its inhabitants, employing a distinctive, witty, independent style that changed British attitudes about Africa.