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SPARRMAN, ANDERS

A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope... 2 Vols

Towards the Antarctic polar circle, and round the world: But chiefly into the country of the Hottentots and Caffres, from the year 1772 to 1776

Published: G G J & J Robinson, London, 1785

Edition: 1st

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Anders Sparrman is a well-known name among early travellers in the subcontinent, ranking with naturalist-travellers like Burchell, Thunberg and Lichtenstein. This brilliant scientist sailed for the Cape in 1772 to take up a post as a tutor. When James Cook arrived there later in the year at the start of his second voyage, Sparrman was taken on as assistant naturalist, and accompanied the intrepid explorer on his journey, reaching New Zealand. After the voyage he returned to Cape Town in July 1775 and practiced medicine for several years and undertook various journeys into the interior. Sparrman was an excellent observer, not only collected a wealth of specimens, but he had an eye for the country and a descriptive turn of phrase about the people he met.

368 + 350 pp with 2 frontispieces and 7 engraved plates. In full tree calf, re-backed with new spines, gilt and decorations. These splendid volumes are in very good condition, and only the title pages are faintly foxed.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Good to Very good
  • Size: 230 x 280
  • Sold By: Africana Books
  • Contact Person: Stefan Blank
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 021 4475741
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