EXPEDITION OF DISCOVERY INTO THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA, Through the Hitherto Undescribed Countries of the Great Namaquas, Boschmans, and Hill Damaras. Performed under the Auspices of Her Majesty’s Government, and the Royal Geographical Society

Alexander James Edward, K. L. S

Published by Philadelphia E. L. Carey and A. Hart 1838
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2 volumes in one. First edition. 8vo, contemporary three-quarter black calf over cloth boards, the spine with raised bands decorated in gilt, morocco lettering labels gilt. 216; 215 pp. A very good and well preserved copy, the binding with a bit of loss to one label, some occasional foxing as is typical with books of the period, some age evidence to the case. FIRST EDITION, AMERICAN ISSUE OF THE BOOK WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN LONDON IN THE SAME YEAR. "In the beginning of the year 1834, the author of the following pages had volunteered from the depot of the 42d Royal Highlanders, in Scotland, to join the service companies of the regiment abroad, and was accordingly proceeding to the Mediterranean, when he had the honour to receive an invitation from the Royal Geographical Society, to perform and African Expedition of Discovery; and, at the same time, he was recommended by that distinguished body to Government, as a fit person for conducting such an undertaking." From the introduction. Alexander was "the first European to travel overland from Cape Town to Walvisbay. En route he discovered deposits of copper, and in 1836 at Alexander Bay (named after him, at the mouth of the Orange River), discovered diamonds. He covered nearly 6500 kilometres without losing a man, brought back many specimens of birds and plants, and produced a good map of the region." "The work discusses the indigenous population and its natural history. The African interior remained little known and Alexander's account must have fascinated the public in his day, forty years before Henry Morton Stanley made a media sensation with his Through the dark continent.Added is an appendix on natural history, including descriptions of birds, botanical specimens, minerals and more, followed by extensive notes on the social conditions of the Namaquas, Boschmans and Damaras, the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, the Boer Trekkers in Natal and the Zulus, and some notes on whaling." Forum Bv 2014. Bookseller Inventory # 21975

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Publisher: Philadelphia E. L. Carey and A. Hart 1838
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition

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