FISHER, Richard Barnard. The Importance of the Cape of Good Hope, as a Colony to Great Britain. Independently of the Advantages it possesses as A Military and Naval Station and The Key to our Territorial Possessions in India. Third Edition, with Additions. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1816.
8° (228 x 145mm). Hand-coloured folding engraved frontispiece, hand-coloured folding chart. Uncut in original grey boards, (spine renewed with original endpapers).
THIRD AND BEST EDITION expanded from the earlier pamphlet printing of the work, highly critical of the Africans and Afrikaners but encouraging on the prospect of trading for wine, dried fruits, ostrich feathers and ivory. Mendelssohn I, 547.
Robert SEMPLE. Walks and Sketches at the Cape of Good Hope: to which is subjoined, A Journey from Cape Town to Blettenberg's Bay. London: C. and R. Baldwin, 1803. 8° (186 x 120mm). Contemporary half calf, half-title, (rubbed). Provenance: C.A. Fairbridge (bookplate), with binder's ticket of R. Scott, Cape Town. FIRST EDITION of an account during the first period of British occupation of Cape Town. Mendelssohn II, 303. [and another edition:] The Second Edition, Enlarged. 8° (178 x 120mm). Contemporary half-calf, (some spotting). With a further account of the country between Cape Town and Blettenberg's Bay. Mendelssohn II, 304.
R. RENSHAW. Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope and up the Red Sea... in the course of the last war. Manchester: Printed by J. Watts, 1804. 8° (234 x 150mm). Engraved frontispiece, title-page vignette, List of Subscribers. Uncut in modern boards, (a little soiled). Provenance: C. Carleton Jones, (bookplate). The author was stationed there 1796-1801 and devotes forty-two pages to the Cape and gives a description of the Hottentots and Kaffirs. Mendelssohn II, 209 for the third edition, 1821.
[Cape of Good Hope] The Quarterly Review, Vol. XXII, No. XLIII. London, 1820. On the political and commercial necessity of colonizing the Cape, with a list of recent publications including Fisher's "Importance of the Cape..." (5)