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Methuen (Henry H.)

LIFE IN THE WILDERNESS; OR WANDERINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Published: Richard Bentley, London, 1846

Edition: 1st

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xiii plus 318 pp. Original blind-stamped cloth, rebacked preserving three quarters of the gilt titled spine. 2 engraved plates of insects, other illustrations of game animals, appendix of list of Annulosa, principally insects, collected by author. Tinted lithograph frontis of Zoolah warrior is missing.

Rebacked with new EP's. Corners bumped. New EP's. Rubber stamp to Glossary. Light foxing to Title and further foxing to the two insect plates and immediate surrounding pages. Otherwise clean.

Written in journal form, this early work of travel and sport contains the account of the author's trek to the Orange and Vaal Rivers, during an eight-month sporting safari. Czech p114; Mendelssohn II, 6-7. Mendelssohn II, p. 6: 'A journal of an eight months' sporting expedition through the Eastern Province to the Orange and Vaal Rivers, Waterboer's country and thence in a north-easterly direction to the junction of the Mariqua and Limpopo Rivers as far as Moselekatse's old capital in what was afterwards known as the Transvaal.' The party hunted through the Hantam' district eventually arriving at Campbell where they met Livingstone, who had just returned from Mobatze, suffering from an encounter with a lion. 'Many valuable botanical and geological notes will found in the work. . . The main interest of the volume, centres on the description of the game animals, and there are a number of well-drawn illustrations of the heads and horns of various species of antelopes met with in the course of the expedition'. (Mendelssohn)

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 210mm x 142mm x 26mm
  • Sold By: Booktown Africana
  • Contact Person: Chris Shelton
  • Country: South Africa
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  • Telephone: 0679155808
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