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Forbes (V.S.) & Rourke (J.)

PATERSON'S CAPE TRAVELS 1777 TO 1779

Published: The Brenthurst Press, Johannesburg, 1980

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Special Edition. First Series, number 6: 202 pages, colour frontispiece, portrait, 8 maps, 62 colour plates with descriptive text, half green morocco with a red title label on the spine, marbled paper sides, top edge gilt, contained in a matching marbled paper slip case. The spine is slightly sunned, a very good copy.

125 copies bound in half leather numbered 1 to 125. This is copy 93.

‘Although a version which differs from this text was published in Paterson’s lifetime, this original record of his Cape travels is here published for the first time – a triumph of understatement, a laconic tour de force, and a marked contrast to the flamboyant verbosity of his immediate successor, Francois le Vaillant. It is the first full-length account in English of extensive travel in the interior of Southern Africa and it records the ceremony of naming the Orange River, the first finding of fossils in southern Africa, and the first journey along the diamond coast.’ Editor’s note.

  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: Oblong 4to (280 x 260 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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