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Harris (W. Cornwallis)


Being the narrative of an expedition from the Cape of Good Hope through the territories of the Chief Moselekatse to the Tropic of Capricorn. By Captain William Cornwallis Harris, of the H.E.I. Company's Engineers on the Bombay Establishment

Published: John Murray, London, 1839

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Second edition (or first London edition): 387 pages, tinted lithographic frontispiece and 6 plates - 2 tinted lithographs and 4 wood engraved plates, folding map ‘Exhibiting the relative positions of the emigrant farmers and the native tribes, May 1837’ compiled by the author with the route of his travels outlined in red, original green cloth, upper cover titled gilt and surrounded with gilt vignettes of animals, simply rebacked preserving the original backstrip, which has faded,titled gilt on the spine, yellow endpapers intact with a bookplate as well as a booksellers ticket R.Ackermann Jun.on the front paste-down endpaper,  uncut edges, overall a very good copy.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, page 688, ‘This edition contains the “Proposal” of Captain Harris “to the Geographical Society of Bombay,” volunteering to proceed on an expedition to penetrate to “that great Inland Lake, the actual existence of which, between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, was first established by Dr. Smith's expedition in 1853.” In a postscript to the Introduction some particulars are given of Retief's massacre, together with his party, by Dingan, and of the efforts of the colonial authorities to put an end to the “mania of emigration” on the part of the colonial farmers.

See also: Africana Notes and News, Volume XII, No. 2, June 1956, page 63.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (210 x130mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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