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Percival (Captain Robert)


Published: C. and R. Baldwin, London, 1804

Edition: First edition

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Containing An Historical View of its original Settlement by the Dutch, its Capture by the British in 1795, and the different Policy pursued there by the Dutch and British Governments. Also a Sketch of its Geography, Productions, the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants, Etc. Etc.

With a view of the political and commercial advantages which might be derived from its possession by Great Britain

First edition: xii, 339 pages, rebound in beige textured cloth boards with a frayed red title label gilt on the spine, light foxing, sprinkled edges, a good copy.

As a captain in the Eighteenth or Royal Regiment of foot, Captain Percival took part in the first British Occupation of the Cape in 1795. Under General Craig he led the attack on the fortifications of Muizenberg, and was the first officer to reach Cape Town. He remained at the Cape for two years. His book was published after the second British occupation in 1805 when there was a renewed demand for more detailed knowledge about the new colony. Theal is very harsh on the book describing it as ‘one of the most unreliable that has ever been issued from the press,’ but it nevertheless provides much interesting detail of the Cape at the time of the first occupation. This copy is from the first issue with the split heading on page 247 ‘CAPE OF GO ODHOPE’ uncorrected.

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 4to (270 x 215 mm)
  • Name: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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