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Sir James Edward Alexander


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.

Published: Henry Colburn, London, 1838

Edition: First edition

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2 volumes. First edition 1838.

From the library of Lord Carew, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Publishers blue cloth with blind-stamped design.

Gilt title and gilt vignettes to spine.

Untrimmed page blocks.

Some tide and water marks to plates.

Tissue-guards have been replaced.

Volume I.

xxiii, [1], 302 pages.

Engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard.

2 full-page engraved plates.

4 engraved in-text illustrations.

Large fold-out linen backed map 40 x 30 cm.

Volume II.

viii, 306 pages, 6 page publishers catalogue.

Engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard.

4 full-page engraved plates.

3 engraved in-text illustrations.

Water marks to cover.

"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, Boschmen and Damaras."

[Mendelssohn, South African Bibliography, vol.1, pages 20-21].

Recorded shipping weight 2000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 21 x 13 cm.
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
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