3 December 2010
BUTLER, Captain Henry. South African Sketches: illustrative of the wild life of a hunter on the frontier of the Cape Colony. London: printed by C. Wood, published by Ackermann & Co., 1841.
2o (370 x 274 mm). Lithographed frontispiece, 30 lithographed views and vignettes (15 hand-colored) on 15 leaves. Original green moiré cloth, covers with blocked panel design in blind, titled in gilt on upper cover, glazed yellow endpapers. Provenance: Lord Tarnhower (owners signature on front pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of this "rather scarce" (Mendelssohn) volume. "A pleasing book, which shows the manner of hunting African big game in the first half of the 19th century" (Schwerdt). Abbey Travel I,336 ("An interesting book"); Mendelssohn I, p.235; Schwerdt I,p.90; Tooley 126.
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