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Wallis, J P R; foreword by the Rt Hon General J C Smuts

Fortune My Foe. The Story of Charles John Andersson, African Explorer (1827-1867)

Dedicated to Lieut-Col Sir Charles Llewellyn Andersson, the explorer's son

Published: Jonathan Cape, London, 1936

Edition: First

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Smuts's as-always participatory foreword contrasts Andersson's and Galton's and Livingstone's, his contemporaries', concern with people and places with the obsession of more popular explorer-writers of the time with their game or hunting exploits. 

In his preface, the author, J P R Wallis, well known as an academic editor in the mid-1900s, relates how the book came to be written, with Dr J G Gubbins its "onlie begetter" and Andersson's diaries and letters its main material.

Blue cloth-boards, gilt to spine, top edge tinted blue, bottom edge uncut, map of Damaraland (based on C J Andersson's own maps) on both endpapers, portrait frontispiece from a sculpture of Andersson by Joyce Wallis, 412 pp of text, epilogue and index + 7 inserted b/w plates (three reproduced from originals by Thomas Baines).

CONDITION. The boards remain in very good condition apart from a rubbed spot at the foot of the (sunned) spine. Andrew Fleming's bookplate is on the front paste-down. There is a spine crack at the frontispiece. The contents, including the plates, are all very good, unmarked and undiscoloured. 

  • Binding Condition: Good +
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 265 x 50
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: fontein@wol.co.za
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
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