MARTIN HEINRICH CARL LICHTENSTEIN (1780-1857)
Travels in Southern Africa, in the years 1803-1806 ... translated from the original German, by Anne Plumptre. London: B. Clarke for Henry Colburn, 1812-1815. 2 volumes, 4° (268 x 205mm). Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by Robert Cooper, folding engraved map, 8 engraved plates, one folding, by J. Swaine and others. Leaf of publisher's advertisements inserted in vol. II. (Some spotting and browning affecting plates and text, heavier spots to quires U-X of vol. I, L4 of vol. I torn at upper margin, Gg2 of vol. II holed at lower margin, map with 2 short tears.). Contemporary brown half morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt with morocco labels, red speckled edges. Provenance: Percival Ross Frames (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, following the German edition of 1811-1812. Lichtenstein arrived in Table Bay on 23 December 1802, and worked as tutor to the son of the new Governor of Cape Colony, General Janssens. His book 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', notes Mendelssohn. '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," concluding 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.