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SA Auction #84 begins on 30 Jul 2020

US Auction #3 begins on 13 Aug 2020

Gilbert Waterhouse (ed)

Simon van der Stel's journal of his expedition to Namaqualand 1685-6;

Edited from the manuscript in the library of Trinity College ... with forty-four plates and a sketch map

Published: Dublin University Press, Dublin, 1932

Edition: First

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One of the first (1932) published versions of the  Van der Stel Journal that was compiled in 1685-86. The journal 'vanished' and was discovered in only 1922! Also a 14-page article by Waterhouse, announcing his 'discovery' and that predated this book by eight years.

The original manuscript was lost in 1692 and re-discovered by Waterhouse in Dublin in 1922. This book includes the Dutch text and the English translation, and a large number of illustrations of plants and animals found on the expedition.

The book includes forty-four plates and a sketch map.  In appendix I and II, Waterhouse quotes from Valentijn, Tachard and Ovington for contemporary comments on Van der Stel. Frontispiece, 183 pages of letterpress and 43 black & white plates, original dark green cloth-covered blind-stamped boards, gilt titles and gilt crest of Dublin University Press. Inserted into a pocket on the end board is a separately bound article by Waterhouse that appeared in the Geographical Journal in 1924: 64(4), October, 298 - 312.

Some shelf wear and top cap of spine somewhat worn, but not torn. 

A very good copy, unusual with the 'announcement article' that predated the book by eight years. 

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 273 x 183 mm
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