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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Thomas Baines.

The Gold Regions Of South Eastern Africa.

Accompanied by Biographical Sketch of the Author.

Published: Edward Stanford & J. W. C. Mackay, London & Port Elizabeth, 1877

Edition: First edition

Reserve: $200


Estimate: $400-600

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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1 volume. First edition.

Publishers green cloth with gilt Zebra vignette.

Gilt title with gilt vignette on spine.

Map of the Gold Fields of South Eastern Africa with a

Map of Cape Colony incorporated in one large map

measuring 113 x 79 cm in pocket at rear. 

xxiv, 240 pages.

Frontispiece portrait with tissue-guard.

Full-page photographs + in-text illustrations.

Thomas Baines was one of the earliest pioneers of that part of Africa

now known as Rhodesia. He obtained an important concession from Lobengula,

but unfortunately his backers in Europe failed to procure the necessary working

capital so the author missed making the large fortune acquired by holders of

later concessions. An important work containing full information on the subject

of the gold discoveries in Matabelaland and Mashonaland. It is evident that the

author had formed a far higher opinion of Lobengula than was the case with

subsequent explorers, and he appears to have been on excellent terms with the

King, at whose coronation he was present.

A very nice copy.

A talented artist, Baines traveled through Matabeleland where he witnessed

the coronation of King Lobengula. While the text deals primarily with the

author's travels to the gold fields of the region and his encounters with natives,

there are instances of hunting elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, zebra, and lion.

[Czech, An Annotated Bibliography of African

Big Game Hunting Books, 1785-1950, p.9].

Recorded shipping weight 1000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 23 x 15 cm

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