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Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books
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THOMPSON, George. 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 the British emigrants. Second edition. London, Henry Colburn, 1827.
2 volumes. 8vo. Moden brown morocco (Bumpus Binders Oxford), spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. With folding map of South Africa and folding plans of Cape Town and Graaff-Reinet, 17 wood-engraved vignettes and 18 aquatint plates (including one double-page depicting 'Table Mountain from the parade'). (24),450; (6),430 pp.
Second edition, published the same year as the first; with armorial bookplate of Hans Sauer. - George Thompson (1796-1889) a merchant and traveller, resided at Cape Town as the representative and shareholder of a large London company. 'In 1821, Mr. Thompson made a six weeks 'excursion to Albany 'to examine into the prospects of the British emigrants' .. he visited Port Elizabeth ('then a hamlet of only three or four houses'), Uitenhage, Graham's Town, Bathurst, George, and many other districts and settlements .. In 1823 and 1824 he proceeded to the Orange River and Bechuanaland, and his account of these regions is recognised as the most important description of this part of the continent published in the early part of the nineteenth century. The third division of the work comprises a review of the condition 'of the Dutch and British inhabitants, of the agricultural, commercial, and financial circumstances of the country and of its adaption of further colonisation. .. This valuable work contains a number of excellent engravings, some of which were contributed by the naturalist Wehdemann, and others by Mr. De Meillon and Dr. Heurtley' (Mendelssohn II, p.494). ' His Travels provides valuable descriptions of the geography, history and natural history' (Howgego II, p.586). 'Both Thompson's 'Travels' and his illustrations stand high in the field of Africana' (Gordon-Brown, Pictorial Africana, p.230). - Some browning as usual otherwise a fine copy.
Mendelssohn II, p.494-495; SAB IV p.490; Abbey, Travel, 330 (2nd ed. only); Gay 3058.
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