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SA Auction #91 begins on 27 May 2021

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Alfred Waites

My Diary from England to India, round the Cape of Good Hope (1865)

[Printed for Private Circulation]

Published: I. C. Bose & Co., Calcutta, 1865

Edition: First Edition

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A peculiar little book, not listed in Mendelssohn nor in the South African Bibliography, yet very interesting as it provides a glimpse into Victorian era travel by sea from England to India via the Cape of Good Hope.

The author states in his introduction that his goal with the publication of this diary was to entertain his friends, but also the delineation of facts for the prospective traveler to India.

Of particular rarity as the author initially planned on publishing only a dozen copies, but due to the interest and popular demand of his broader circle of friends, two dozen copies were struck off the press.

The book was printed by I. C. Bose of the Stanhope Press, 182 Bow-Bazar road, Calcutta.

Blue cloth-covered card binding. 85pp. Front panel split from text block. Contents clean. Bookplate of Frederic Forehand.

  • Binding Condition: Fair
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 12mo.
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
  • Contact Person: Armandt Marais
  • Country: South Africa
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