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BAINES, Thomas.

The Gold Regions of South Eastern Africa.

Accompanied by Biographical Sketch of the Author.

London: Edward Stanford, & Cape Colony: J. W. C. Mackay, 1877 Stock Code: 119268
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First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this posthumously-edited account (Baines died at Durban in 1875) is considered a "most important work which contains full information of every description upon the subject of the gold discoveries in Matabeleland and Mashonaland, with much curious knowledge of Africa The author gives details of no less sic than nineteen routes from various places in South Africa to the newly discovered goldfields in the Transvaal and Lobengula's country, and there is a large map" (Mendelssohn). There is also big-game interest, with accounts of brushes with elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, zebra, and lion.

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Description

Octavo. Original diagonal-ribbed green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, decorative panel in black to covers enclosing gilt vignette of a zebra to front, top edge untrimmed.

Illustrations

Mounted photographic frontispiece, 3 sepia-tinted mounted plates, folding facsimile of a letter, large folding map in end-pocket as issued, wood-engravings to the text.

Condition

Contemporary pencilled ownership inscription and later inscription in ink to front free endpaper. Spine gently rolled, the headcap a little nicked, light cockling and marking to boards, lower outer corner of front board worn, title-page come loose from bottom cord, several leaves slightly chipped or nicked along top or fore edges where clumsily opened, the text never affected. A good copy.

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