XV. Antilope Melampus: The Pallah

Captain Corwallis Harris

Published by London, 1840
Condition: Fine No Binding
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This splendid, hand-colored lithograph, XV. Antilope Melampus: The Pallah, is in mint condition. Measuring 14" x 19", this lithograph expertly displays Impalas running and relaxing in a savanna. Sir William Cornwallis Harris (1807-1848) was the epitome of the "Great White Hunter." After graduating military college, he was appointed to the Bombay headquarters at sixteen years of age. A series of promotions and consequent location changes brought Harris, en route to a new post, to the Cape of Good Hope. On the voyage, Harris had befriended the avid hunter Richard Williamson of the Bombay civil establishment, and the two had arranged an expedition into the interior in quest of big game. After conferring with the noted African naturalist, Dr. Andrew Smith who had just returned from the interior, both Harris and Williamson headed northeasterly from Algoa Bay, Cape Province. Following the Orange River through Basutoland, they finally encountered the kraals of the famous Matabelechief "Moselikatze." Through the chief's help, they returned to the colony via a new and previously closed route. Their safari, which lasted almost two years, allowed them to encounter a great variety of large game in new territories. Harris communicated an account of his travels in Southern Africa to both the Royal Geographical Society of London, and the Geographical Society of Bombay. In 1840 he published the “Portraits of Game Animals”, the first with pictures drawn by Harris, and reproduced on stone by F. Howard in London. All of the prints are accompanied by the original text describing the first impressions of the “Cape Colonists” of the particular species pictured in each print. Bookseller Inventory # ae1003e

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Title: XV. Antilope Melampus: The Pallah

Publisher: London

Publication Date: 1840

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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