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24 Aug 2017 16:30 GMT

Harris, Captain William Cornwallis

The Wild Sports of Southern Africa

Being the Narrative of a Hunting Expedition From the Cape of Good Hope, Through the Territories of the Chief Moselekatse, to the Tropic of Capricorn

Published: Henry G. Bohn, London, 1852

Edition: Fifth

Reserve: $350


Estimate: $700

Bidding opens: 24 Aug 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Aug 16:30 GMT

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The Victorian style full brown leather binding with gilt titling on a black title label and decorations between the raised bands probably dates about 20 years after the date of issue. Marbled paper end papers. All edges gilt. Red ribbon place marker. xvi prelims, 359 pages, a total of 26 hand coloured plates including the title page vignette and frontispiece, followed by a fold out map.

This, the fifth edition is regarded as the best edition.

CONDITION DETAILS: The label on the front paste down is an award for mathematics and the binding is a typical Victorian prize binding. The binding has been repaired, especially along the hinges, but seems to be holding tight. Internally clean with less than average soil marks. The plates are mostly clean, but a few do have a bit of soiling.

  • Binding Condition: Repairs
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 253 mm x 183 mm

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