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GROUT, Lewis.


Or, Life among the Zulu-Kafirs of Natal and Zulu-Land, South Africa.

Philadelphia: Presbyterian Publication Committee, 1864 Stock Code: 113692
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First US edition, first published in London the previous year. Grout (1815-1905) spent fifteen years as a Congregationalist missionary in South Africa and "obtained an intimate knowledge of the history, customs, and social life of the natives, and the laws and government of the country, together with considerable insight into the complex character of the inhabitants There is an account of the American Zulu Mission from 1834 to 1862, with interesting chapters on the geological features of the country, its botanical productions, fauna, reptiles, insects, and birds, together with some remarks on European enterprise in Natal, and the political state of affairs in Zululand at this period" (Mendelssohn). Grout wrote a number of other works including a Zulu grammar and an autobiography; his memory is preserved today by his Gothic Revival mansion in his home state of Vermont, completed in 1880 and now listed in the US National Register of Historic Places.

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Octavo (182 x 124 mm). Original blue cloth, titles and giraffe vignette gilt to spine, covers panel-stamped in blind with floral cornerpieces, brown coated endpapers.


Engraved frontispiece and 10 similar plates, folding area map.


Contemporary pencilled ownership inscriptions to front free endpaper verso and initial blank. Rubbed, tips worn, spine-ends slightly chipped, foxing, a few upper outer corners gently creased, neat marginal incision to sig. 5.4 just touching text to no loss. A good, unrestored copy of a book often found refurbished or recased.


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