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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Andersson (Charles John)

LAKE NGAMI

Or Explorations and Discoveries, during four years' wanderings in the wilds of South Western Africa.

Published: Hurst and Blackett, London, 1856

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $500

Approximately:

Estimate: $600/700

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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With a map and numerous illustrations.

First edition: xviiii, 546 pages, large folding map, tinted lithographic frontispiece, 15 tinted lithographic plates, numerous wood engravings in the text, rebound in half tan leather with matching marbled boards, titled gilt on the spine, light foxing, uncut edges, a good copy.

Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, page 41: 'The narratives describe two expeditions, one in which the author was accompanied by Mr Francis Galton which extended to Nangoro's Werft in the Ovampo country and the other when he travelled by himself to Lake Ngami. The courage and endurance of the explorers were remarkable, and their sufferings from the dearth of water were at times very terrible. Few, if any books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovampo country and the description of the fauna of these countries is absolutely unequalled. Galton sailed for England in early 1852 and Andersson commenced his journey to Lake Ngami in the early part of 1853, reaching the lake about the middle of the same year. He gives descriptive accounts of the ostrich, giraffe, rhinoceros and other animals and a full description of the native races.'

This is Andersson's major work and great care was taken over its publication. The tinted lithographs were executed by Joseph Wolfe and printed by Hanhart. Its success was somewhat overshadowed by Livingstone who had returned from Africa towards the end of 1856 and by the publication of his Missionary Travels the following year.

It nevertheless ran to two editions in 1856 and an American edition with wood engravings instead of the lithographs the following year.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (260 x 175 mm)


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