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SA Auction #94 begins on 30 Sep 2021

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Thunberg (Charles Peter)

TRAVELS IN EUROPE, AFRICA, AND ASIA. Made between the years 1770 and 1779.

Published: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, London, 1795

Edition: Second edition

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In four volumes

Second edition with volume IV: 4 volumes, I. 317, [xviii index]; II. [xiv], 316; [xvi index], III. xiii, 285, [xv index], 31 vocabulary of the Japanese language, [i] errata; IV. xix, 293, [xvi index], [i] publisher's advertisement; pages, 11 plates including: engraved frontispiece in volume I and 2 other plates – 1 folding (Arms and Implements of the Hottentots), 4 plates in both volumes 2 & 4 each with a one-leaf explanation of the plates, contemporary mottled calf with decorative gilt and red title labels gilt on the spines, ownership crest on the front paste down end paper in each volume, a very good set.

Volume I Containing a Voyage to the Southern Parts of Europe, and to the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, in The Years 1770, 1771, 1772, 1773.
Volume II Containing Two Expeditions to the Interior Part of the Country Adjacent to the Cape of Good Hope, and a Voyage to the Island of Java, performed in the Years 1733, 1774 and 1775.
Volume III Containing a Voyage to Japan, and Travels in Different Parts of that Empire, in the Years 1775 and 1776.
Volume IV Containing Travels in the Empire of Japan, and in the Islands of Java and Ceylon, Together with The Voyage Home.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, volume 2, page 500, 'The greater part of the first volume and about half the second are devoted to Thunberg's experiences in South Africa, his botanical notes being of special value. Later on he visited Japan, Ceylon and other places........'

A South African Bibliography, volume 4, page 505, ‘Volume IV was published in the same year as the second edition of vol. I-III and is found both with the first and with the second edition as vol.IV of the set. According to Prof. V.S. Forbes the translator of Thunberg Travels was Charles Rivington Hopson.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Set
  • Size: 8vo (196 x 125 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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