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SA Auction #106 begins on 13 Apr 2023

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Barrow (John)


Published: T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, London, 1801-1804

Edition: First edition

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In the years 1797 and 1798: including cursory observations on the geology and geography of the southern part of that continent; the natural history of such objects as occurred in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms;

And sketches of the physical and moral characters of the various tribes of inhabitants surrounding the settlement of the Cape of Good Hope.

To which is annexed a description of the present state, populations, and produce of that extensive colony; with a map constructed entirely from actual observations made in the course of the travels.

2 volumes: I. viii, 419, (i errata). II. xi, (i errata), 452 pages, folding aquatint plate with sepia tint of 'Entrance to Cape Town from Green Point' as frontispiece in volume 2, large folding map in volume 1, 8 smaller maps - two partly coloured and folding - one the Military Plan of the Cape Peninsula, contemporary full diced calf neatly rebacked with new spines which are titled and decorated in gilt and blind in panels and with the arms of Sir Richard Borough (1756-1837) of Basildon Park, Berkshire stamped in gilt on the upper covers, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, bookplate on each front paste-down endpaper and a corresponding small stamp below the dates on the title pages. The folding map is foxed and strengthened with tape at all the folds, the first gathering in volume I is detached, apart from some light offsetting from the maps the contents are in very good condition.

Mendelssohn (S.) South African Bibliography, 1:87-88. ‘Barrow was attached to the staff of the Earl of Macartney, one of the governors of the Cape Colony during the first occupation by the British. Barrow accompanied an expedition from Cape Town to Graaff-Reinet, and another to Namaqualand, and he gives an excellent description of the country traversed, particularly with regard to the botany and zoology of these regions. He provides significant evidence of the alleged brutality of the Boers to their slaves and Hottentot servants, and there is a description of the characteristics, habits, and customs of the various native races.’

  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 4to (270 x 215 mm)
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