First edition. 2 volumes, xii, 330 + 358 pages, lithographic frontispiece in each volume – in volume 2 this is of the species of Meerkat named after the author ‘Cynictis Steedmanii’ after a drawing by Edward Lear, title page vignettes, faded uncancelled library stamp on both title pages,10 plates, 1 folding map at the back of volume 1, half brown calf with matching marbled boards – which are scuffed and worn, red title labels gilt on the spines, oxidisation on the edges of the plates, a good set.
Inscription on a front free end paper reads: To the .... (illegible) With the author’s kind regards. Dated Feb 1868.
Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography volume 2, page 432: An account of travels in South Africa during which Mr Steedman traversed a great part of the Cape Colony and Kaffraria. He penetrated the country up to Griqualand West and collected much information about the fauna of the country. His name was given to a species of Meerkat 'Cynictis Steddmanii.'
Dictionary of South African Biography vol. II page 706. 'Steedman made three major expeditions and amassed a large number of natural history specimens. In 1834 he set up an exhibition in England and in so doing aroused such great interest that he also published "Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of Southern Africa'.
Andrew Steedman wrote Wanderings and adventures in the interior of southern Africa (London, 1835, 2 vols), based on a journal kept during his travels. The book was illustrated by Baynes and W. Harvey and included much information on the flora and fauna of the regions he had visited. An appendix (Vol. 2, pp. 145-253) contained information on Dr Andrew Smith's planned expedition, an account of the history of exploration in southern Africa by J.C. Chase, and A.G. Bain's journal of his trip to the Bechuana country. An article with the same title as the book was published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society (1835, Vol. 5, pp. 322-340).https://www.s2a3.org.za/bio/Biograph_final.php?serial=2694
- Overall Condition: A Good Set
- Size: 8vo (220 x 145 mm)
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