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SA Auction #93 begins on 19 Aug 2021

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Barrow (John)


Published: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davis, London, 1806

Edition: Second Edition

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In which are described the character and the condition of the Dutch Colonists of the Cape of Good Hope, and of the several tribes of natives beyond its limits: The natural history of such subjects as occurred in the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms; and the geography of the southern extremity of Africa. Comprehending also a topographical and statistical sketch of the Cape Colony: with an inquiry into its importance as a naval and military station; as a commercial emporium; and as a territorial possession.

Second (and best) Edition: 2 volumes, xvi,(i),427 + 272 pages (+ Directions for the Placing of the Plates at the end of volume II and a leaf of publisher's catalogue), 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Samuel Daniell with loose tissue guards, large folding map coloured in outline, 8 folding charts and plans 2 of which are hand-coloured, contemporary half calf with red and green title labels and decoration on the spines, marbled paper sides - the leather is worn at the top and bottom and along the edges of the spine, the marbled paper is worn and scuffed. Bookplates on front paste-down endpapers, usual off-setting on the two hand-coloured charts in volume II and some light foxing on the smaller charts, complete with both half title pages, the hand coloured plates and contents are bright, overall a good set.

Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, Pages 87/88. 'Barrow was attached to the staff of the Earl of Macartney, one of the governors of the Cape Colony during the first occupation by the British. Barrow accompanied an expedition from Cape Town to Graaff-Reinet, and another to Namaqualand, and he gives an excellent description of the country traversed, particularly with regard to the botany and zoology of these regions. He provides significant evidence of the alleged brutality of the Boers to their slaves and Hottentot servants, and there is a description of the characteristics, habits, and customs of the various native races. The second volume deals with the importance of the country from a military and naval perspective. The plates by Daniell are not present in the first edition (1801-4).

  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 4to (275 x 215 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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