LICHTENSTEIN, Martin Heinrich Carl (1780-1857). Travels in Southern Africa, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806... Translated from the original German, by Anne Plumptre. London: printed by B. Clarke for Henry Colburn, also sold by George Goldie [vol.I] Bell & Bradfute [vol.II] of Edinburgh and John Cumming of Dublin, 1812-1815.
2 volumes, 4° (288 x 220mm). 2pp. publishers advertisements bound before start of text in vol.II. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by Robert Cooper, folding engraved map, 8 engraved plates, 1 folding, by J. Swaine and others. (Ff1-Gg4 and Uui-Yy1 in vol.I spotted, 3 plates in vol.I browned, map in vol.II with small tears to folds, and slightly spotted). Original boards, corners of covers tipped with vellum, uncut (expertly rebacked to style).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, IN THE RARE ORIGINAL BOARDS, first published in German in 2 volumes (Berlin, 1811-1812). Lichtenstein arrived in Table Bay on 23 December 1802, employed as tutor to the son of the new Governor of the Cape Colony, General Janssens. The present work includes 'an account of Janssens' travels to Kaffaria, and of subsequent journeys through the western and northern parts of the colony.. and much information respecting the wild animals and natural features of the country traversed... The second volume gives particulars of the return journey from Graaff-Reinet, together with extracts from General Janssens' journal, and accounts of further journeys to Zwellendam, and the countries inhabited by the "Bosjemans, Corans, and the Beetjuans," and concludes with a narrative of the capture of the colony by the British, and of the author's return to Europe in June 1806': Mendelssohn I,p.899. (2)