Lot #4/13 An account of travels into the interior of Southern Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798 two volume set FIRST EDITIONS
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Lot #4/13 An account of travels into the interior of Southern Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798: including cursory observations on the geology and geography of the southern part of that continent; the natural history of such objects as occurred in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms; and sketches of the physical and moral characters of the various tribes of inhabitants surrounding the settlement of the Cape of Good Hope. To which is annexed, a description of the present state, population, and produce of that extensive colony; with a map constructed entirely from actual observations made in the course of the travels .... [together with volume #2] .... An account of travels into the interior of Southern Africa. In which is considered, the importance of the Cape of Good Hope to the different European powers, as a naval and military station; as a point of security to our Indian trade and settlements during a war, and as a territorial acquisition and commercial emporium in time of peace: with a statistical sketch of the whole colony; compiled from authentic documents. Volume the second by John Barrow. The important text concerns the state of the Cape in terms of administration, economy, people, wild animals, etc.. The second volume in particular contains information relating to the military preparedness of the Cape garrison. Barrow's work & particularly the detailed maps was a thinly disguised description of possible routes for a British attack on the Cape Colony, with details of best landing sites & fortifications. Barrow may well be regarded as a major "spy" in history. Although other maps of the Cape had appeared before the major map in the book, this was the first detailed published map by a British person. The wonderful charts in volume #2 are more detailed still, giving depths in the bays of Cape Town, Knysna & Algoa, as well as detailed maps of the south coast & west coast. This work was published in a second edition, with some colour plates, but this first edition is more important because of the relevance of the maps. HOSKEN, p. 11. London, T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1801 - 1804. First edition. Two volumes. 4to. 19th century half-calf leather, titles on red leather labels, within gilt bands on spines, marbled sides. Pp. viii,419,(1, advert.) + xi,(i),452, large folding partly coloured map (vol. #1), foldout (aquatint) engraved landscape view of Cape Town & 8 folding charts (2 partly coloured), tables. Leather & marbled sides a bit rubbed, small book-plates of "Lanzerac" on front paste-downs, small stamp of "Board of Trade Library" on both title-pages & page #1 of volume #1, also small "withdrawn" stamp on title-page of volume #1, some browning & foxing on text & plates. Good+ Reserve price: R12500.00 bids welcome

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