2 volumes. First edition. With 14 elegant copperplate engravings, some folding. There are two plates of giraffes rather than only one as listed and an additional plate of arms opposite page 1. 8vo, in original printerís boards and untrimmed as issued, very rare as such, the boards of gray paper with contemporary backing of brown calf gilt ruled and lettered in manuscript. xxiv, 376; [vi], 403, errata pp. A fine set in fully original condition as it came from the printer, unrestored and unsophisticated, very scarce such. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK. "Le Vaillant was a French naturalist who traveled in South Africa from 1780 to 1785 when he collected material for his magnificent book on the birds of Africa. His travels were extensive and took him as far as Namaqualand, Bechuanaland, and parts of the Kalahari. His conceit adds a spice of humor to his books" This book relates experiences and occurances of Le Vaillant's first journey to the Cape, 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. It provides an interesting account of South Africa at a time when relatively little was known regarding its natural history and the Dutch settlers, valuable less for its geographical information than for its addition to the knowledge of the natural history of the area. Bookseller Inventory # 22549
Title: TRAVELS FROM THE CAPE OF GOOD-HOPE, INTO THE...
Publisher: London for William Lane 1790
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description printed for William Lane, Leadenhall-Street, London, 1790. Period Calf. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Complete in 2 volumes. Books measure 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. Collation, xxiii,,442pp, ,464pp, Complete as index, 2 engraved frontispieces, 11 plates, of which [ 2 of Giraffes ], 2 folding. Bound in full period calf, flat gilt bands, red leather title labels. Calf lightly rubbed, some wear loss on head and tail of spines, hinge joints cracked, boards still holding, loss of leather on one board. Generally both bindings in good condition. Internally, previous owners bookplate, [ The Right Hon, Theo James Lord Viscount Bulkeley, 1785 ]. Pages and plates in very good clean condition. A very nice clean set, in attractive period binding. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 097595