7 - 8 April 2004
THE CAPE AND EARLY JOURNEYS INTO THE INTERIOR
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. - Carl Gustav EKEBERG. Capitaine Carl Gustav Ekebergs Ostindiska resa aren 1770 och 1771. Stockholm: Henry Fougt, 1773. Small 8° (181 x 112mm). Folding chart of the Cape of Good Hope, 5 folding plates (including a view of the Cape from the sea). (The view of the Cape with small repaired tear, 2 other plates shaved with slight loss, one of these with additional repaired tears, some light soiling.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt with lettering-pieces in red and green. Provenance: Q.L.W.? (partially erased early initials on title); SBW (unidentified monogrammed bookplate). FIRST EDITION including a chart and a views of the Cape. Kennedy I,E19-20.
Nicolas Louis DE LA CAILLE. Journal Historique du Voyage fait au Cap de Bonne-Espérance... Précédé d'un discours sur la vie de l'Auteur, suivi de remarques & de réflexions sur les coutumes des Hottentots & des habitans du Cap. Paris: chez Guillyn, 1763.
16° (161 x 93mm). Folding engraved map of the Cape of Good Hope, 3 woodcut illustrations. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others with repeat pattern centering ona small flower spray tool (spine chipped at head and foot). Provenance: unidentified armorial bookplate dated 1782. FIRST EDITION of this work by the eminent French mathematician and astronomer, in which he exposed some of Kolben's errors (and comitted some of his own). Mendelssohn I,p.434.
And three others ([J.E.F. BERNARD] Das Merkwürdigste aus den besten Beschreibungen vom Vorgebürg der guten Hofnung und dem Innern von Afrika. Frankfurt & Leipzig: 1787. 12°. Old boards; Robert PERCIVAL. An Account of the Cape of Good Hope. London: 1804. 4°. Contemporary calf, gilt coronted 'B' on both covers. FIRST EDITION; [ANON.] En Resa til Africa och Ost-Indien. Stockholm: 1764. Small 8°. Modern half calf). (5)
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