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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Campbell (John)

TRAVELS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Published: Printed for the Society (LMS), London, 1822

Edition: First Edition

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Undertaken at the request of the London Missionary Society: Being the narrative of a Second Journey in the Interior of That Country.

With a Map and Coloured Prints.

First edition; 2 volumes, xii, 322 + 384 pages, hand coloured aquatint frontispiece in each volume, 10 hand coloured aquatint plates, folding coloured map, half tan calf with imitation brown skin boards, with red title labels gilt on spines and volume number gilt on a black label, bookplates on both front endpapers, some off-setting of the plates, starting to wear at the back hinge in volume 1 and both hinges in volume 2, but overall an unusually good tall copy complete with the half title pages.

Dictionary of South African Biography, volume 3, pages 127-8: ‘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.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: Tall 8vo (250 x 160 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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