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Capt. Augustus F. Lindley

After Ophir, or, A Search for the South African Gold Fields (1870)

Published: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1870

Edition: Second Edition

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vii + 312pp and numerous illustrations.

Pictorial cloth, front and rearhinge crack, internally clean. A nice bright copy.

'The author and some friends were induced to leave for South Africa in consequence of a letter from Carl Mauch, the traveller and naturalist, in the Natal Mercury, asserting that a Mr. Hartley had discovered two large goldfields. Sailing forDurban, they reached that port in eighty-two days, and after some preliminary prospecting in the Umtwalumi River, they set out for the Tugela, which at that time was being exploited for gold. A large number of Australian diggers arrived at about this time, and were very much incensed to find that nothing payable had been discovered, and many of them returned to the Antipodes. In the course of their search for gold the author's party visited Zululand and Matabeleland, and had an interview with Cetywayo, of whom a portrait is given, showing the Zulu prince as a very young man. They also went to the "Tatin" (Tati) fields, were they found forty diggers but very little gold, the author remarking, "Only a few specks were to be seen. And this was the result of some nine months' work at the German Mauch's hammer-arresting and motion-transfixing discovery, which he subsequently had the amazing ignorance or mendacity to declare richer than the goldfields either of Australia or California."' - Mendelssohn Vol.I, page 901.

  • Binding Condition: Fair
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: Large 8vo.
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
  • Contact Person: Armandt Marais
  • Country: South Africa
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