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SA Auction #85 begins on 10 Sep 2020

US Auction #3 begins on 13 Aug 2020

Harris (W. Cornwallis)

THE WILD SPORTS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Being the narrative of an expedition from the Cape of Good Hope through the territories of the Chief Moselekatse to the Tropic of Capricorn

Published: Henry G. Bohn, London, 1852

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Fifth (and best) edition: 359 pages, hand coloured lithographic frontispiece of Moselekatse, hand coloured vignette on title page, 24 hand coloured lithographic plates, folding map, original gilt decorated red cloth, neatly rebacked, all edges gilt, titled and decorated gilt slightly faded on the spine, some occasional light foxing, all plates with the original tissue guards, a very good copy.

From the editor’s note to the Struik Africana Collectanea reprint: This is not only a book about ‘Wild Sports’ but is a very interesting report of such important historical events as: The Great Trek; the massacre of Piet Retief and his party by Dingaan; the fall of Piet Uys in an abortive invasion of the Zulu territories; the death of Maritz; the annihilation of the Natal Settlers; etc. The author and his party travelled by wagon and oxen to Grahamstown, Somerset, Graaff Reinet, New Lattakoo, through Griqualand and Bechuanaland, to Boksfontein, Cambellsdorp and Kuruman through the domains of the Matabele King and the Barolong country, and returned to Graff Reinet by the Vaal River Route. He gives interesting accounts of the Matabele people and experiences with the Bushmen, Hottentots and other tribes. His stay with King Moselekatse is fully described and of great historical value. An interesting map ‘exhibiting the relative positions of the emigrant farmers and the native tribes’ is included.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (253 x 185 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Visa & Mastercard via PayGate secure links and Bank transfers
  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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