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SA Auction #108 begins on 06 Jul 2023

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Christopher (Joseph Steer)


Published: Dean and Son, London, [1848]

Edition: First Edition

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A cotton, sugar grazing and agricultural country

With a map of the Colony and A vocabulary of the Natal or Zulu Language

First edition: 24,146 pages, folding map as frontispiece – clumsily folded and torn at the first fold – with foxing, 4 tinted lithographic plates – very foxed, uncut fore-edge, the text is also foxed, working loose at the hinges, original green blind stamped boards titled gilt on the upper cover – the boards are very worn with water marks, a fair copy only.

Cover title: Natal Cape of Good Hope

A South African Bibliography vol.1 page 336; Date given as 1848. Only 1 copy listed.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography vol. 1 page 523: The author was a staunch believer in the virtue of colonisation as a means of lessening suffering and poverty, and he states that he " promoted emigration to Algoa Bay " many years before he saw the country, and later on, when he visited it, was able to report that in every case but one the settlers had done well. He also visited Natal, and considered it even more favourable than the Cape Colony for emigrants, and he bought farms, formed a Land Company, and settled there with his family. There is a short description of the country, with information of every description for the use of the colonists, together with articles, contributed by various writers, calculated to throw light on subjects of interest respecting the colony. The work is illustrated with lithographic views, and contains a map compiled from sketches by Dr. Stanger, with a " condensed government report of productions of Natal," in the margin.

  • Size: 8vo (220 x140mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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