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Auction #115 begins on 30 May 2024

Brian Warner

Cape Landscapes - Sir John Herchel's Sketches 1834 - 1838

Collectors' Edition #42 of 50

Published: University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town, 2006

Edition: Collectors' Edition

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A copy of the collector's edition, 1/4 bound in leather with cloth boards and a cloth slipcase. Book is about Very Good, with some minor scuffing at top and bottom of spine. 179 pages. This is copy #42 of 50 copies signed by Warner.

Publisher's Description - "In 1834, Sir John Herschel, perhaps the most celebrated astronomer of his time, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope to spend four years observing the southern sky. Among his many other talents he was an accomplished artist, skilled in the use of an optical device known as a camera lucida. During these four years Herschel produced more than a hundred exquisite landscape sketches, some depicting the Feldhausen estate in the suburb of Wynberg, where he and his family lived, others meticulously recording scenes that enlivened his trips to Cape Point, to Table Mountain, to Hout Bay and to places in the farther reaches. Among the latter were Caledon, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. These Herschel landscape drawings are an almost unmatched contribution to the artistic and historical record of the Cape in the early nineteenth century. They are reproduced in this title, together with a narrative text and background material that firmly set the illustrations in their social and geographical context. The result is an evocative picture of the Cape Peninsula and its environs at a time when they were still largely wild."

  • Binding Condition: Very Good Or better
  • Overall Condition: Very Good or better
  • Size: 4to 28cm x 30cm
  • Sold By: Rare Collections
  • Contact Person: Christo Snyman
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: +27827758439
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Paypal, EFT, Credit Card
  • Trade Associations: Rare Collections


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