25 September 2003
SAMUEL DANIELL (1775-1811)
African Scenery and Animals at the Cape of Good Hope. London: [by the author, plates dated 1804-1805]. 2 parts in one volume. Large 2° (590 x 470mm.). Mounted on guards throughout. 2 aquatint dedicatory section titles with light sepia wash on thick paper, 10 leaves of letterpress text (printed in three columns on recto only), 30 handcoloured aquatint plates in thick paper by Samuel and William Daniell. (Light spotting to recto of plate 1, ink mark to lower margin of same plate, some neat repairs to recto of plate 9 just affecting image area, verso of same plate with areas of old damp damage, verso of eight plates browned, neat restoration to outer margins of the versos of most plates.) Modern brown half calf, spine gilt (spine slightly scuffed), slip-case.
SAMUEL DANIELL'S MAJOR WORK, CELEBRATING HIS TRAVELS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. Samuel Daniell left England for the Cape of Good Hope soon after the first British occupation of the Colony, arriving in December 1799. His interest in both natural history and travel was no doubt encouraged by his elder brother William and his uncle Thomas Daniell. Samuel was appointed secretary and artist to Truter's expedition by Lieutenant-General Dundas and set off in October 1801 to explore the region north and east of the Cape Colony, in the area of the Moloppo and Kuruman rivers (now Botswana borders). Daniell's own claim to fame on this expedition was his discovery of the source of the Kuruman river, the so-called 'eye', one of the natural wonders of Southern Africa. During his stay in Southern Africa he made numerous sketches which were used for this work and his Sketches representing the Native Tribes... of Southern Africa. In 1805 Samuel continued on his travels to Ceylon, which remained his home until 1811 when he died aged 36. Abbey Travel I, 321; Mendelssohn 1,411; Nissen ZBI 1035; Tooley 168.
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