• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    THOMPSON, George (1796-1889). 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. London: S. & R. Bentley for Henry Colburn, 1827.

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    THOMPSON, George (1796-1889). 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. London: S. & R. Bentley for Henry Colburn, 1827.

    4o (266 x 212 mm). 20 aquatint plates (one double-page), 2 lithographed plans (one double-page, one folding), one folding lithographed map, 17 wood-engraved illustrations (some occasional spotting). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked).

    FIRST EDITION. "This valuable work was written by a Cape Town merchant who resided in South Africa for many years, and who had travelled through the greater part of the Cape Colony and a considerable part of Bechuanaland" (Mendelssohn). A second edition (in 2 octavo volumes) was published in the same year. See Abbey Travel 330 (2nd edition only); Mendelssohn II, p. 494.


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