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Catalogue code: AV021
The Scottish medical missionary and explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873) is considered to be one of the greatest heroes of the Victorian era. A handsome commemorative sheet issued on 1 May celebrates the bicentenary of his birth, Livingstone’s intrepid explorations of the African continent and his extensive writings.
The sheet comprises ten first-class Saltire stamps (20mm x 24mm, with illustration by Peter Crowther) alongside ten labels featuring scenes depicting significant events in Livingstone’s life, all with explanatory captions. The stamps are set within the 19th-century illustration of ‘The Victoria Falls, of the Leeambye or Zambesi River, Called by the Natives Mosioatunya (Smoke Sounding)’, taken from David Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years’ Residence in the Interior of Africa, published in 1857.
Beneath the stamps, at the foot of the sheet, is a quotation from Livingstone: ‘People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa... It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege’.