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SA Auction #86 begins on 22 Oct 2020

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Harris, William 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: John Murray, London, 1839

Edition: Second

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‘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.' Mendelssohn vol. 1, page 688, 

Second edition (or first London edition): 387 pp, tinted lithographic frontispiece and 6 plates (1 plate is missing) 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.

Beautifully rebound in half leather with green cloth and marbled endpapers, with gilt title and decor on spine.  Heavy foxing in prelims and at end otherwise a good clean copy. The last 2 pages before the appendix have their top corner cut off (no text loss).

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 20x13.5
  • Sold By: Africana Books
  • Contact Person: Stefan Blank
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: info@africanabooks.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 4475741
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