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CHAPMAN, James (1831-1872). Travels in the interior of south Africa, comprising fifteen years' hunting and trading; with journeys across the continent from Natal to Walvisch Bay, and visits to Lake Ngami and the Victoria Falls. London: William Clowes & Sons for Bell & Daldy and Edward Stanford, 1868. 2 volumes, 8° (220 x 145mm). 2 folding maps, one printed in 3 colours, one hand-coloured in outline with route marked by hand in red, 8 wood-engraved plates, numerous wood-engraved illustrations. (Map in vol.I browned and torn and repaired.) Original green cloth, covers with simple border blocked in blind, the upper cover with vignette illustration of an elephant blocked in gilt, spines blocked in gilt. Provenance: Henry Solomon (author's presentation inscription in each volume 'Henry Solomon from the Author').
AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPIES OF THE FIRST EDITION, in fine condition. 'Few South African books give better descriptions of the sport of the country and the habits and cutoms of the native races... and throughout... there are copious notes on the flora and fauna of the countries visited': Mendelssohn I, p.321.
James CHAPMAN. Itnotgaotu. The priest and the freemason. Cape Town: printed by Saul Solomon & Co., 1868. 12° (180 x 124mm). Pp.[1-]50. (Browned.) Original blue paper wrappers, titled on upper cover. RARE. FIRST EDITION of 'this extraordinary pamphlet': Mendelssohn I,p.322.
W.H.I. BLEEK. The Library of His Excellency Sir George Grey... Philology. Vol.I.-Part I. South Africa [...Vol.I.-Part II. Africa]. London & Leipzig: printed in Cape Town for Trübner & Co of London and F.A. Brockhaus of Leipzig, 1858. Vol.I, parts 1 and 2 only, in one volume, 8° (212 x 130mm). Folding letterpress table. (Blank outer margin of table tattered.) Contemporary red half morocco (worn). Provenance: James Chapman (presentation inscription 'To James Chapman from [?]Sir G Grey'). Ten parts of this work were published between 1858 and 1867. Cf. Mendelssohn I,p.639. (4)
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