Harris, William Cornwallis

NARRATIVE OF AN EXPEDITION INTO SOUTHERN AFRICA DURING THE YEARS 1836, AND 1837

From the Cape of Good Hope through the territories of the Chief Moselekatse to the Tropic of Capricorn, With a sketch of the recent emigration of the border colonists and a zoological appendix lustrated by a map and drawings.

Published: American Mission Press, Bombay, 1838

Edition: First edition

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1 volume. First edition, second issue 1838. 

Printed at the American Mission Press, Bombay, 1838.

Folding lithographed map, hand-coloured in outline, exhibiting

the relative positions of the emigrant farmers and the native tribes.

8 page List of Subscribers at rear.

Professionally rebound in burgundy half-leather.

Five raised bands with gilt titles.

Gilt panel vignettes.

Gilt top page-block.

Marbled endpapers. 

xviii, 406 pages.

Frontispiece lithograph plate.

3 full-page lithograph plates.

Large fold-out hand-coloured map 51 x 43 cm.

"The first edition of this well-known and valuable work. The author states, in 

his Introduction, that from his boyhood upwards he was affected with

'shooting madness,' in consequence of which he was considered by his

'partial friends to be fitting food for shot and powder.' Accordingly he

was entered at the Military College, and at sixteen was already an officer

in the Engineers. In the course of his military career in India the Bombay

Medical Board ordered him to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope for two

years, with a welcome recommendation to travel, a hint which he immediately

accepted, determining to use his opportunities of contributing to the geography

and natural history of the countries he intended to explore, as well as of enjoying

the incomparable hunting then to be obtained in South Africa. He arrived at the

Cape when the Great Trek was the burning topic of the day, the subject of severe

strictures, as well as of sympathetic approval an event without parallel in our

colonial history, and he was enabled to give some reliable and interesting details

with regard to the proceedings of the emigrant farmers, together with a careful

and unbiased account of the motives and grievances which led to their perilous and

adventurous expatriation. The author sailed from Bombay on March 16, 1836, and

on board made the acquaintance of Mr William Richardson, who agreed to join in

the expedition; and on their arrival in Cape Town they met Dr. Andrew Smith, from

whom they received valuable information as to their journey.….There are two 

chapters on the 'Great Trek,' and in the Appendix there is a description of South

Africa 'Ferae Naturae.' There is also an interesting map' exhibiting the relative

positions of the emigrant farmers and the native tribes."

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African  Bibliography [volume I, pp 686-688.]

Recorded shipping weight 1000g.

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  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 21.5 x 14.5 cm
  • Name: West Clare Rare Books
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