Hardcover in grey cloth with dust jacket and 134 pages. A very good copy, signed by author on the launch day.
Beginning with the Portuguese voyages of exploration in the late 15th century, the book proceeds to discuss the attempts of the Dutch and then the British to chart and lay claim to the vast and expanding landscape of the Cape Colony.
Subsequent chapters deal with maps of the Eastern Cape, where a series of frontier wars over almost a hundred years led to an outpouring of cartography. In colonial Natal and the Boer Republics of the Transvaal and Free State, cartography was driven by the dictates oc colonisation and land exploitation.
It was as a result of the Anglo-Boer War and of laborious trigonometrical survey work that the mapping of South Africa reached new heights and set new standards that would be extended and consolidated after Union in 1910.
- Jacket Condition: Very good
- Binding Condition: Very good
- Overall Condition: Very good
- Size: 25 cm x 28 cm