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Moodie (Lieut. J.W.D.)

TEN YEARS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Published: Richard Bentley, London, 1835

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Including a particular description of the wild sports of that country.

2 volumes: I. xii, 347. II. viii, 352 pages, lithographic frontispiece in each volume, 2 leaves of music, half brown calf titled and decorated gilt on the spines, green buckram cloth sides, marbled edges and endpapers, bookplate on each front paste-down endpaper and a corresponding small stamps below the dates on the title pages. The leather is rubbed along the edges and the corners worn. The frontispieces are oxidised around the edges and with some foxing which also affects the two leaves of music, the contents are bright and free of foxing. A good set.

‘Moodie arrived in South Africa to join his brother Benjamin who was farming at Grootvadersbosch near Swellendam. In 1821 he obtained land at Sir Rufane Donkin's abortive Fredericksburg settlement but the following May found himself to be almost the last person left there. It was a plan of which Lord Charles Somerset had thoroughly disapproved and with Moodie's departure the scheme came to an end. He went to join Benjamin on Long Hope, the latter's new property on the west bank of the Lower Bushman River. In 1828 he tired of farming and set out on a long journey through Kaffraria before settling in Grahamstown, leaving South Africa in 1832. A prolific writer, Moodie vividly describes his various activities and travels and in, 'Ten Years in South Africa', leaves an important record of the country at that time.’ From Dictionary of South African Biography, volume 3, page 626.

  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo (215 x 140 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
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