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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 and 1824

Edition: First edition

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First edition, in two volumes (pp. viii, 582; 648). Large quarto (28 cm) in half leather over textured cloth; gilt titles, speckled edges; with the bookplate and from the collection of Rowland Craig-Laurie (1810 - 1896) of Redcastle, Scotland [and Myra Castle, County Down].  Complete with large folding map, twenty coloured aquatint plates (several folding), and 96 woodcuts as vignettes. "Hints on Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope" (4 pp.) bound in Volume II.

"The illustrations in the volumes are characterized by great beauty and accuracy; and it is stated in the Preface that 'in order to ensure greater correctness in the vignettes, the author has made all these drawings upon the blocks themselves'; the coloured plates are particularly admired, and the drawings from which they were engraved were prepared with great care by the artist, and were untouched by any other hand. 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). See also Tooley (117-18). Tips a bit worn; otherwise clean, bright, and sound.

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