• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 166

    BURCHELL, William John (1781-1863). Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1822-1824.

    Price Realised  

    BURCHELL, William John (1781-1863). Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1822-1824.

    2 volumes, 4o (268 x 214 mm). Half-titles, errata slip in vol.I, "Hints on Emigration bound at end of vol.I. 20 hand-colored aquatint plates after Burchell (5 folding), folding engraved map, numerous wood-engarved illustrations. (Without final blank 4E4 in vol.I, offsetting of text onto plates, map expertly repaired at folds, some occasional minor marginal dampstaining.) Contemporary tree calf (rebacked preserving original spine, some chipping to backstrip).

    FIRST EDITION. "The most valuable and accurate work on South Africa published up to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and embracing a description of a large part of the Cape Colony and Bechuanaland at this period... the coloured are particularly admired... The work is now extremly scarce, many copies have been broken up..." (Mendelssohn). Abbey Travel 328; Gay 3001; Mendelssohn I,p.224; Tooley 116. (2)


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