A detailed collection of personal accounts, during the first 50 years of Dutch colonisation, from the early Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Danish and German visitors to the Cape of Good Hope. The first free endpaper of each volume has the bookplate of Vernon S Forbes, the geographer and an authority on early Cape Travel.
Major Raven-Hart selected, transcribed and translated a total of 104 accounts by visitors to the Cape between 1652 and 1702. Some accounts were published; but most were recorded appeared in ships' log books and other unpublished manuscripts available only to the researchers of today in archives and special collections sections of libraries.
The accounts are accompanied by context and background notes. There is also an index with over 2200 entries on flora and fauna, people, names etc.
Two volume set in fine condition. 527pp. Colour frontispiece in both volumes. Illustrated with b/w plates. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering, and unsoiled dust jackets. A heavy set.
- Jacket Condition: Unsoiled
- Binding Condition: Tight
- Overall Condition: Fine
- Size: 21.5 x 29cm x 2; 2.6kg