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Alexander (Sir James Edward)


Published: Henry Colburn, London, 1838

Edition: First Edition

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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.

In two volumes

First edition: 2 volumes: xxiii,302 + viii,306 pages + 6 pages publisher's catalogue, engraved frontispieces in each volume, folding map, 6 engraved plates and 7 engravings in the text, rebound in half blue leather retaining the, blind decorated boards, titled gilt on the spines. Booksellers ticket and book plate on the front paste down end papers in both volumes. The plates have been cleaned but still show signs of being oxidised as is often the case with the associated off-setting on the facing pages, otherwise the contents are bright, page edges uncut, a good set.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, pages 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.'

  • Overall Condition: A Good Set
  • Size: 8vo (210 x 130 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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