Undertaken at the request of the London Missionary Society; being a narrative of a second journey in the interior of that country.
2 volumes, I. vii (including the advertisement leaf), xii + 322. II. 384 pages, hand coloured aquatint frontispiece in each volume, 10 hand coloured aquatint plates, folding map coloured in outline, repaired at first fold, handsomely bound in three-quarter crimson morocco with contrasting title labels and gilt decoration on the spines, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, bookplate on each front paste-down endpaper and a corresponding small stamp below the dates on the title pages, minor repairs to some staining at the top of the frontispiece and title page and title page in volume I, very good set.
‘Upon the death of Dr J.T. van der Kemp the London Mission Society sent Campbell to South Africa to visit and report on their mission stations. Campbell was the first missionary traveller to undertake a long journey into the interior, visiting far-flung missions. From Bethalsdorp he went to Graaff Reinet where he met the traveller W.J. Burchell. Finally after crossing the Orange River he reached Klaarwater mission station and advanced to Lattakoo and beyond, north-west of Malapeetze. When he was returning from this first journey of 4,800 kilometres, Campbell followed the South Bank of the Orange River for 960 kilometres, 480 kilometres on foot, in a region little known to Europeans. Having reached Pella he turned south via Silwerfontein where Cornelius Kok lived and where he received valuable information about Namaqualand, Damaraland and the Bushmen. He also brought back natural history and geological specimens for the L.M.S, museum. In November 1818 Campbell, accompanied Dr John Philip aboard the Westmoreland, made his second voyage to Cape Town. He, Philip and Robert Moffat visited the eastern part of the Colony until halted by the Fifth Frontier War (1818-19). He then set out on his second journey into and beyond the known interior, proceeding further north than in 1812 via the Orange River to Griqua Town and Lattakoo. He returned to Cape Town where he remained for several months before returning to England in November 1820.’ Dictionary of South African Biography, volume 3, pages 127-8.
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