Rev. John Philip

Researches in South Africa; illustrating the civil, moral, and religious condition of the native tribes;

including journals of the author’s travels in the interior; together with detailed accounts of the progress of the Christian Missions, exhibiting the influence of Christianity in promoting civilization.

Published: James Duncan, London, 1828

Edition: First edition

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Two volumes (pp. xxxv, 403; viii, 450).  Octavo (22 cm) in recent half morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles, five raised bands, edges washed with yellow, marbled endpapers (an old wine in new bottles); large folding map of  South Africa, sketch of Theopolis, sketch of Bethelsdorp (frontis). Text spotted here and there; otherwise a handsome set.

"Few books on South African matters have been the subject of such fierce denunciations and bitter criticisms as these volumes” (Mendelssohn). The strictures against the treatment and exploitation of native peoples were so severe as to stir the British government at a time when slavery was ending in the Empire, and its attacks on individuals were so strident as to bring a successful action for libel against Philip himself. A handsomely bound set. 

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