Published the same year as the first UK edition, this is the first US edition. vii, (1), 395pp. Original contemporary full leather cover with gilt title to spine label. Fold-out map to inside front cover. From the library of the well known South African authors, authorities on Livingstonia and esteemed collectors of Africana, Edna and Frank Bradlow, their Ex Libris paste-down to front free EP.
Moderate to heavy foxing throughout, mostly concentrated towards upper margins and not affecting legibility of text. Slight toning to text which despite this remains bright and clear throughout. Evidence of repairs made to spine hinges which remain flexible and secure. The book is still in good condition considering its 200 year age.
Prideaux describes this work as "a good specimen of the early literature on missionary effort, giving a sufficiently vivid record of personal experiences, native customs, and objects of natural interest that come under his notice ." The author was sent to South Africa by the United Brethren to assess possible locations for a new missionary station and to assist in the security of the existing stations at Groenekloof and Gnadendal. He travelled through a large part of the country right up to the Fish River and then returned to Cape Town by way of Plettenberg and Mossel Bays. Abbey Travel 325; Mendelssohn I, 866; Tooley 292; Prideaux p240.
Frank Rosslyn Bradlow (1913 - 2000)
'Frank Bradlow was a leading collector and consultant on Africana. He was educated at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg and at the University of Witwatersrand where he was awarded a B. Comm. degree as the best graduate of the year. In 1934, after leaving university, he joined Bradlows Stores which his father, born in Smorgon (Belarus), had founded in 1903. He worked in various branches of the firm including those in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) which his father had opened after the Nationalist Government in South Africa had passed the Quota Act. This is where his interest in collection Africana started, in 1938. In World War II Frank Bradlow served in the Imperial Light Horse in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Egypt, losing the sight of his left eye through a shrapnel wound in 1942. After being discharged from the army in 1943 he went back to the family business. In 1945 he settled in Cape Town and married Edna Rom. They had three children. At the end of February 1981 he retired from the family business and became an Africana consultant, advising clients on art and books. He had numerous publications, both his own and with his wife, Dr Edna Bradlow. These included books, reviews, journal and newspaper articles, introductions and texts for reprints of the great classics and for newer publications. He served in many public offices, including serving on Council of the University of Cape Town for almost twenty years. His interests were recognized by the award of various honours.' https://atom.lib.uct.ac.za/index.php/frank-bradlow-papers-2
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