Zambesia: England's El Dorado in Africa,
Being a Description of Matabeleland and Mashonaland, and the less-known Adjacent Territories, and an Account of the Gold Fields of British South Africa.London: King, Sell & Railton, 1891 Stock Code: 125011
First edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "Frank Taylor Esq. With the author's compliments". Essentially a much needed collation of all known information regarding the area that became Rhodesia and, as such, the work went through several editions. "There is a full account of the Mashonas and Matabeles, and also of the syndicates and concessions which formed the nucleus of the British South Africa (Chartered) Company, together with extracts from periodicals giving their views respecting the granting of the charter, and short notices of the leading men connected with the enterprise" (Mendelssohn).
Octavo. Original light reddish brown cloth, bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine, and to the front board within decorative pictorial panel, top edge gilt, pale reddish orange endpapers decorated with oak boughs.
Tissue-guarded portrait frontispiece, profusely illustrated in the text, 2 folding coloured maps.
A little rubbed, the spine a touch dulled, pale toning to the text, very occasional spotting in the fore-margin, but overall a very good copy.
Mendelssohn I, p.996; Theal, p194.
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