Burchell, William J.

Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa.

With an entirely new map, and numerous engravings

Published: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1822

Edition: First edition

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2 volumes. First edition 1822.

Bookplate from the library of Jacob de Villiers,

who held important positions in the South African legal

and Government services. He served as the Attorney General

of South Africa and also was a Government Minister. 

Contains the 'Hints on Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope.
Polished decorative full-calf fine bindings by Morrell.
Three line gilt borders surrounding a blind-stamped inner motif.
Gilt dentelles and coloured endpapers.
Contrasting morocco gilt titles.
Five gilt raised bands with end gilt fillets.
Decorative blind-stamped panels with gilt vignettes.
Triple gilt page-blocks. 
Volume I.
viii, [iv], 582 pages.
Hand-coloured aquatint panorama frontispiece with tissue-guard.
2 hand-coloured aquatint panorama plates. 
7 full-page hand-coloured aquatint plates. 
50 in-text vignettes,
Large bound in map has been mounted on linen
and the author’s route is indicated in red [85x74 cm].   
Volume II.
vi, 648 pages.
Full-page hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece with tissue-guard.
2 hand-coloured aquatint panorama plates. 
7 full-page hand-coloured aquatint plates. 
46 in-text vignettes.
“The most valuable and accurate work published on South Africa up to
the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and embracing a description 
of a large part of the Cape Colony and Bechuanaland at this period.”
Burchell’s explorations which extended over four years produced “important
collections of the flora, fauna, and curiosities of the country, together with a
large number of drawings…. The illustrations in the volumes are characterised
by great beauty and accuracy… the coloured plates are particularly admired,
and the drawings from which they were engraved were prepared with great
care by the artist…. The work is now extremely scarce, many copies having
been broken up in the middle of the nineteenth century for the plates”
[Mendelssohn I, 224]. 
Recorded shipping weight 5000g.
Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.
  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 28.5 x 22.5 cm
  • Name: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
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