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Alexander (Sir James Edward)

AN EXPEDITION OF DISCOVERY INTO THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA.

Published: Henry Colburn, London, 1838

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Through the hitherto undescribed Countries of the Great Namaquas, Boschmans, and Hill Damaras, performed Under the Auspices of Her Majesty's Government, and the Royal Geographical Society.

2 volumes,  xxiii, 302 + viii, 306 pages followed by 6 pages of the publisher’s catalogue, engraved frontispieces in each volume, folding map, 6 engraved plates and 7 engravings in the text, original blind stamped blue straight grained cloth, titled and decorated gilt on the spines, edges uncut, original endpapers intact, bookplate on each front paste-down endpaper and a corresponding small stamp below the dates on the title pages, light offsetting of the frontispieces onto the title pages, contents bright, a very good copy with the plates free of usual oxidisation.

Mendelssohn (S.) South African Bibliography, 1:20-21: 'He proceeded to Namaqualand and Damaraland, which countries were very little known at the time. Leaving Cape Town in 1836, he traversed these regions in an ox wagon, and went through a large part of South West Africa arriving at Walvisch Bay almost exhausted with the difficulties of travel and want of water. He succeeded in obtaining a good collection of zoological and other specimens, many of which were at that time unknown to the scientific world. The volumes contain an account of the social condition of the Namaquas, Bushmen and Damaras.'

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 8vo (210 x 125 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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