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Bleek (Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel)


Published: Trübner and Co., London, 1864

Edition: First edition

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or, Hottentot Fables and Tales,

Chiefly translated from original manuscripts in the library of His Excellency Sir George Grey, K.C.B.

First edition: 94 pages, original brown cloth boards, titled gilt on upper cover and spine, corners slightly bumped, a good copy.

Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume I, page 133 -134: In dedicating this work to Sir George Grey, Dr. Bleek reminds him that its initiative was, in a great measure, due to himself, and says, " It was by your desire that I wrote, in 1861, to different missionaries in South Africa, requesting them to make collections of native literature." Many interesting manuscripts were thus obtained, which are preserved in the " South African Library," Cape Town, and amongst these is a valuable contribution from the Rev. G. Kronlein, amounting to sixty-five pages, mostly in quarto, and including twenty-four fables, besides songs, proverbs, riddles, &c, collected from the Namaqua Hottentots and Bushmen.


  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 8vo (200 x 130 mm)
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