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About this Item: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, London, 1798. Leather bound. First English-language edition. 572; 512pp. Octavo [22 cm] Brown leather with red gilt stamped title labels and gilt ruled borders on the spines. Fair. The front covers of both volumes are detached, the rear cover of volume 1 is hanging on by a thread, and the rear cover of volume 2 is absent. Volume 2 is missing the preliminary pages, including the title page, up to p. 3. The front free endsheet of volume 1 is detached, but present. The pages have sporadic foxing and light tide marks. With the 3 maps present, in very good condition. Vol. I. Containing A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, Batavia, Bantam, and Bengal, With Observations on Those Parts, &c. in the Years 1768-1771; Vol.II. Containing a Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, Batavia, Samarang, Macassar, Ambogna and Surat, with Accounts of Those Places, in the Years 1774 and 1775. Seller Inventory # 43618

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About this Item: London, 1731. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, engraved map, portrait and numerous engraved illustrations, 2 vols, 8vo, contemporary calf, rebacked, Sclater, in his "Fauna of South Africa". published in 1900, says that this work "Contains the earliest list of South Africa animals, and there is full account of the government of the Country, with detailed description of the various settlements, and a mass of information respecting the habits and customs of the native races". Seller Inventory # New 009

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About this Item: London: G.G. & J. Robinson, 1798. 3 vols, 8vo (205 x 130 mm), pp. I: vi, 572; II: [2 (title, verso blank)], 512; III: [2 (title, verso blank)], 598; four folding engraved maps by Neele; 2 maps slightly trimmed touching borders; contemporary calf, spines gilt in compartments, vol. II with modern morocco lettering-pieces, I and III skilfully rebacked; provenance: James Franklin Preston (engraved armorial bookplates on upper pastedowns).First English edition. A first-hand account of two VOC voyages: the first, 1768–71, to Batavia, Bantam and Bengal; the second, 1774–78, to Samarang, Macassar, Amboyna, Surat and the Malabar Coast. Originally published in Dutch at Leyden in 1793, this English edition was translated and prepared by Wilcocke, who 'was acquainted with the family, though not with the person, of the author' (I, p. iv); 'Through this connection and other resources, he was able to correct many mistakes that were due to the negligence of the original editor. Wilcocke also added a large and informative appendix, comprised of regulations and orders in the colonies, tables of imports, lists of ships, stock-holdings, an abstract of an herbal by Henry Oldeland, and a biographical sketch of Reinier de Klerk, governor-general for the Dutch East India Company. This information was collected from accounts of other travelers, other Dutch writers, and various manuscripts, documents, and statements' (Hill).'Stavorinus was post-captain in the naval service of the States General; but a long period of peace, and the little employment that occurred in the Dutch navy for men of enterprize and abilities, prompted him to request permission to go a voyage to the East-Indies, as captain in the employ of the Dutch East-India Company, retaining, however, his rank of captain in the navy. The accounts of his two voyages, in that capacity, are here given; and his readers will find him, throughout, a man of observation and intelligence. He was afterwards promoted to the rank of rear-admiral, which he held at the time of his death' (pp. iii–iv).Hill 1632; Landwehr 300; NMM I 451; SAB IV p. 386; Tiele, Nederlandsche bibliographie van land- en volkenkunde 1044. Seller Inventory # T2629

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The Present State of The Cape of: Peter Kolben done
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About this Item: ont> W Innys : London, 1731. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. One of the earliest and prominent eighteenth century works on the Cape of Good-Hope, the first edition of this work in English. First thus, the first English edition of this work originally written by Peter Kolben in High German and translated into English by Mr Medley. Illustrated, with a frontispiece and sixteen plates to volume I and a frontispiece and twelve plates to volume II. There is a folding map of the cape to volume II. Collated, complete. This work contains the earliest list of South African animals as well as a full account of the government of the country. (Mendelssohn I, pp. 844-845) Kolben or Kolbe was on an expedition to the Cape of Good Hope to compile a comprehensive description of South Africa. This study discusses day-today life at the Cape, the geography, climate, flora and fauna. There is also an accurate study of the Hottentots, their language, religion, lifestyle and customs. Bookplate to the front pastedown of Samuel Wegg. Condition: Seller Inventory # 055802

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The present state of the Cape of: KOLB, Peter.

About this Item: London Printed for W. Innys, 1731. First edition in English. 2 volumes, 8vo., 2 engraved frontispieces, folding engraved map, 28 plates, 2 folding. Contemporary tree calf gilt, spines in six compartments, red and green labels to second and fourth, others with nautical gilt motif, gilt dividers, light wear, numbering labels renewed, an excellent set. A most attractive example of one of the most important early accounts of the Cape. "It contains the earliest list of South African animals . a full account of the government of the country, with detailed descriptions of the various settlements, and a mass of information respecting . the native races" (Mendelssohn). Peter Kolbe (1675–1726) (also referred to as Kolb) was sent to the Cape of Good Hope with letters of introduction from Nicolaas Witsen, mayor of Amsterdam, with a mandate to compile a comprehensive description of South Africa and for astronomical and surveying research. Kolbe was appointed in 1705 as the first official astronomer in South Africa and worked at the Cape between 1705 and 1713, providing a detailed account of day-to-day life at the Cape, also describing the geography, climate, flora and fauna, followed by an accurate study of the Hottentots, covering their language, religion, lifestyle and customs. Kolbe's account was first published in German in Nuremberg in 1719. Although his ethnological views are very much of their time, the work is important for showing us the interaction of of ethnic groups at the Cape in the early eighteenth century and provides a starting point for ethnological investigations into African history and culture (See Bloomsbury Dictionary of Eighteenth century German Philosophers). Mendelssohn I, 844-845. Seller Inventory # 94058

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