An account of Corsica, The journal of a tour to that island; and Memoirs of
First edition of Boswell's account of his Corsican journey, in the course of which he met Rousseau and Voltaire, and so ingratiated himself with Pascal Paoli that he did for him what he was later to do for Johnson - every night he recorded his conversations with the General, and so built up an account not only of his life, but of his thoughts and utterances. On Boswell's return to England he advertised his book by appearing in public in full Corsican costume. "He set out to sell Corsica to the British public and at the same time to fix his own name to Corsica like a trade-mark." -Pottle.
Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768-1773.
Proceedings of the Association for promoting the discovery of the interior parts
of Africa; containing an abstract of Mr Park's account of his travels and
discoveries, abridged from his own minutes
The real opening up of Africa by the white races began with the African Association, founded in 1788 with the express purpose of exploring Africa (especially the great rivers which would give access to the interior) and of furthering British trade and political influence.
In 1795 Mungo Park, a Scot, was selected by the African Association to lead an expedition to locate and explore the River Niger. In 1805, Park, bored with his country medical practice at Peebles, set off on a second journey up the Niger, this time by canoe. The expedition was ill fated and Park and his companions all perished. Although Park's career was short, he made the first great practical advance in the opening up of Central Africa and his scientific observations on the botany and meteorology of the region, and on the social and domestic life of the natives, have remained of lasting value.