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Travels and Adventures in Southern Africa.

Comprising a View of the Present State of the Cape Colony. With Observations on the Progress and Prospects of British Emigrants.

Published: London: Henry Colburn, 1827

Stock code: 94259

Price: £1,500

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Second edition; same year as the first. One of the most valuable works on South Africa published in the early nineteenth century, the present work was written by George Thompson, a British merchant living in Cape Town for many years as the representative of a British company. Between 1823 and 1824, he set out to explore the north-eastern parts of the Cape colony, “partly from motives of business, partly from the impulse of curiosity” (Preface, p.viii), travelling to the Orange River and onwards to Kuruman. The account of these travels, “ghost-written by Thomas Pringle, provides valuable descriptions of the geography, history and natural history” of the region (Howgego).

2 volumes, octavo (220 x 141 mm). Bound c.1900 in brown half morocco, grey linen boards, raised bands to spine, titles and decorative tools to compartments gilt, triple ruling to boards in blind, marbled edges and endpapers. Frontispiece to each volume, 18 uncoloured aquatints, 17 illustrations in text, 2 folding plans and one folding map. Spines gently sunned, extremities slightly rubbed, muted dark stains along front joints, prelims, endmatter, and folding plans lightly foxed, folding plans with minor nicks to stubs and a few short splits. An excellent set.

Bibliography: Abbey Travel 330; Howgego II T5; Mendelssohn II, pp.493-4; Sabib IV, p.490

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