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Andersson (C.J.)


Published: Hurst and Blackett, London, 1861

Edition: First edition

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A Narrative of Travel, Exploration and Adventure

With numerous illustrations

First edition: 364 pages + 16 pages publisher’s catalogue, wood engraved frontispiece, engraved title page vignette - a portrait of the author, 15 plates, light foxing, worn at the front hinge, uncut edges, original brown pebble grained cloth with blind stamped decoration on the upper cover, decorative gilt and titled on the spine, recased with the original backstrip laid down, the corners are bumped and worn, a good copy.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography volume 1, page 42: A description of a hunting expedition through Namaqualand and Damaraland. Andersson intended to explore these countries right up to the Cunene or Nourse River, but the difficulties of the expedition, though encountered with indomitable courage, proved to be insuperable, and he had to turn back. He obtained, however, much valuable information, and his success as a hunter and collector was unique in this part of the continent. The coast-line of South- West Africa is carefully described, and there is an interesting account of the once-famed guano island, Ichaboe.

Wallis (J.P.R.)'Fortune My Foe (1936), pages 256-258. 'From a variety of causes it was less effective than his Lake Ngami. In the first place, his instinctive reticence shrank from obtruding his personal sufferings and disappointments upon his reader. It was a manly modesty in him, but did his narrative less than justice. So it is that while the first chapters are as attractive as anything in Lake Ngami, and perhaps fine in their record of achievement and maturer in spirit, the later portions too readily decline into transcripts from the journals and show a falling off in freshness and gusto.'

Andersson had been unable to follow the book through the press and was disappointed in the lack of editorial control in the final product. An American edition was issued in the same year but it was not reprinted in London and remains perhaps the scarcest of Andersson’s books.

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 8vo (220 x150mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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