Galton (Francis)

THE NARRATIVE OF AN EXPLORER IN TROPICAL SOUTH AFRICA

Published: John Murray, London, 1853

Edition: First Edition

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First Edition: xiv + 314 pages, tinted lithographic frontispiece, coloured folding map of Damaraland with an inset of Africa, 3 tinted lithographic plates, 1 full page engraved plate of Nangoro  King of the Ovampo, 4 engraved illustrations in the text, half brown calf rubbed along the edges, marbled paper sides, sprinkled edges, light foxing on the frontispiece, title page and edges, otherwise  the contents and lithographic plates are bright, bookplate on the front paste-down endpaper, a very good copy.

 Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, page 585, 'The first edition of a very reliable account of an expedition to Damaraland and Ovampoland 1850-1852. The author was fortunate in finding so experienced a traveller as C.J. Andersson to accompany him.'

 According to the Dictionary of South African Biography, volume 3, page 316, 'This book, besides dealing with the events of travel, has much to say on the histories and customs of the tribes and the nature of the regions they inhabited. His writing is informative, accurate, lively and shrewd, and it admirably reflects the state of affairs in the country at that period.' Galton was a Victorian polymath and gained distinction in a number of fields. Amongst other things he was the inventor of fingerprinting.

  • Overall Condition: A very good copy
  • Size: 8vo (206 x 133 mm)
  • Name: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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