SECOND VOYAGE DANS L’INTÉRIEUR DE L’AFRIQUE, par le Cap de Bonne-Esperance, dans les années 1783, 84 et 85.

Le Vaillant [Francois]

Published by Paris Chez H. J. Jansen [1795], 1795
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2 volumes. First Edition. 13 plates including five folding plates as called for. 8vo, bound in contemporary French calf, the spines with flat bands and gilt lines, red morocco lettering label gilt. xliv, 304, errata; 426 pp, errata. A fine set internally, the text very clean, bindings show signs of wear with spine panels re-laid. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK BY LE VAILLANT. A classic on African travel, this second expedition includes important descriptions of Namaqualand, Damaralan, Bechcuanaland, and the Kalahari Desert. Le Vaillant journeyed to the Cape, for the first time during the previous decade during which he travelled to Algoa Bay and the district then known as "Bruyntes Hoogte" via Mossel Bay, returning through the "Camdeboo" country and crossing the Gamka, Buffalo, and Touws Rivers. He set off on the second journey, related here, from the place he ended the first, the route taken being to the north, and for over a year traversed the countries which later became Namaqualand, Damaraland, Bechuanaland and the Kalahari desert. He went as far west a the fourteenth degree, and north as the Tropic of Capricorn. The work provides an exceptional account of South Africa at a time when relatively little was known regarding its natural history and the Dutch settlers. Bookseller Inventory # 21959

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Publisher: Paris Chez H. J. Jansen [1795]

Publication Date: 1795

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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