" . . . An authentic narrative of travels and discoveries, the manners and customs of the Native tribes, and the physical nature of the country"
Although Smith's Diary, covering the period August 1834 to January 1836, was published (by the Van Riebeeck Society) in 1939-1940, and his Report (a "brief narrative summary") was published in Cape Town (by the South African Literary and Scientific Institution, which planned and organised the expedition, under the directorship of Smith) in the year it was written (1836), this magnificent present volume, edited and with an introduction and notes by William F Lye (then professor of history at Utah State University), is based not only on this material but also Smith's later and formerly unpublished Journal, compiled and written between 1835 and 1838.
The dustjacket is rubbed and chipped head and foot, with several tears of less than 5 mm at three of the four flap folds and the top of the spine. The brick-red cloth-boards, gilt to the front and spine, the binding, the unmarked endpapers (bookseller sticker to the front paste-down), the xii + 323 pp b/w illustrated text (including the map of the expedition), notes and index + 16 pp of inserted colour illustrations are all in near-fine condition, making this a collectable copy.
- Jacket Condition: Good
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 280 x 210