A VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, TOWARD THE ANTARCTIC POLAR CIRCLE AND ROUND THE WORLD; BUT CHIEFLY INTO THE COUNTY OF THE HOTTENTOTS AND CAFFRE,FROM THE YEAR 1772-1176,

Sparrman Andrew

Published by London G.G.J. & J. Robinson, Pater-Naster-Row 1785, 1785
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2 volumes. First Edition. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece to Vol. I plus 9 other engraved plates including 2 of Hottentot subjects and 7 of natural history subjects and a large folding map. 4to, contemporary polished calf unrestored, the spines beautifully gilt decorated within very elaborate panel designs of the period, separated by multi-ruled gilt bands and with contrasting red and green morocco title and numbering pieces gilt, gilt tooled board edges. xxviii, 368; viii, 350; errata page. A very handsome set in rare contemporary binding, joints split, cover to Vol. I nearly detached, all easily refurbished by order, some mellowing to text occasional, evidence of old worm tracks to a some of the border edges of some plates. RARE CONTEMPORARY BINDING ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST WORKS ON THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN CONTINENT AND THE SOUTHERN OCEANS. "An enthusiast in the study of natural history from his youth, the author was overjoyed to be enabled to proceed to the Cape, . with the Royal East India Company" In 1772, Sparrman was invited to join Captain Cook"s expedition on the Resolution and sailed with him until 1775. Once back on the Cape he undertook an expedition to the interior. This trip has been described in Mendelssohn as the "most trustworthy account of the Cape Colony and the various races of people then residing in it, that has been published in the eighteenth century." His account of Cook’s voyage as well as his exploration in Africa are described within. Included is brief glossary of Hottentot language and full page plates of indigenous animals. Bookseller Inventory # 21987

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Title: A VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, TOWARD ...

Publisher: London G.G.J. & J. Robinson, Pater-Naster-Row 1785

Publication Date: 1785

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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