ANDERSSON, Charles John (1827-1867). Lake Ngami; or, explorations and discoveries, during four years' wanderings in the wilds of south western Africa. London: Charles Bevan & Son for Hurst & Blackett, 1856. 8° (251 x 160mm). 24pp. publisher's advertisements at back. Folding engraved map, 16 tinted lithographic plates printed by M.& N. Hanhart, including 12 sketched and drawn on stone by Joseph Wolf. (Plates and some text leaves spotted.) Original cloth, blocked in gilt and blind (recased, faded and stained, inner hinges repaired). Provenance: Mr & Mrs E. Layard (author's presentation inscription 'To Mr. & Mrs. E. Layard with the Authors' Kind regards Cape Town. Jany 18th 1866')
AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, probably to his friend Edgar Layard (1824-1900), author of The Birds of South Africa (Cape Town: 1867). Mendelssohn writes of the present work that 'Few, if any, books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovampo country, and the description of the fauna of these countries is absolutely unequalled'. Mendelssohn I, p.41.
Charles John ANDERSSON. Notes on the birds of Damara Land and the adjacent countries of south-west Africa... arranged and edited by John Henry Gurney, with some additional notes... and an introductory chapter containing a sketch of the author's life. London: Taylor & Francis for John van Voorst, 1872. 8° (217 x 140mm). 2pp. publisher's advertisements at back. 1 lithographic map, hand-coloured in outline, 4 lithographic plates. Original green cloth blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt (spine slightly solied, extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, inner hinges cracked). Provenance: James Edmund Harting (PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE EDITOR, with an ALS from Gurney tipped in, manuscript marginal notes); Robert Washington Oates (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION, a good copy. Mendelssohn I, p.42
And three others by Andersson (The Okovango River: a narrative of travel, exploration, and adventure. London: 1861. 8°. Original red/brown cloth. FIRST EDITION; Sjön Ngami. Stockholm: 1856. 8°. Half morocco. FIRST EDITION IN SWEDISH; Lake Ngami. New York: 1856. 12°. Original green cloth. FIRST U.S. EDITION). (5)