TRAVELS FROM THE CAPE OF GOOD-HOPE, INTO THE INTERIOR PARTS OF AFRICA, INCLUDING MANY INTERESTING ... TRAVELS FROM THE CAPE OF GOOD-HOPE, INTO THE INTERIOR PARTS OF AFRICA, INCLUDING MANY INTERESTING ... TRAVELS FROM THE CAPE OF GOOD-HOPE, INTO THE INTERIOR PARTS OF AFRICA, INCLUDING MANY INTERESTING ...

TRAVELS FROM THE CAPE OF GOOD-HOPE, INTO THE INTERIOR PARTS OF AFRICA, INCLUDING MANY INTERESTING ANECDOTES. With Elegant Plates. Descriptive of the Country and Inhabitants: Inscribed by Permission to His Grace the Duke of Montagu.

Le Vaillant [Francois]

Published by London for William Lane 1790, 1790
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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

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Title: TRAVELS FROM THE CAPE OF GOOD-HOPE, INTO THE...

Publisher: London for William Lane 1790

Publication Date: 1790

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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