SAMUEL DANIELL (1775-1811)
African Scenery and Animals at the Cape of Good Hope. London: [the author, plates dated 1804-5, plates and text leaves watermarked 1801]. 2 parts in one volume, oblong 2° (418 x 581mm). Aquatint dedications for parts 1 and 2, 30 handcoloured aquatint plates on thick paper by Samuel and William Daniell. (Occasional very light spotting, very light off-setting from plates.) Contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt [end- and flyleaves watermarked 1801], boards with broad borders of quatrefoils formed by corner tools of floral sprigs interspersed with stars, circles and dots, enclosed by double gilt fillets within blind rolls between triple gilt fillets, turn-ins with gilt foliate and floral rolls, marbled endpapers, spine gilt in compartments, lettered in one, others densely gilt with floral, circle and rope tools, gilt edges (a little rubbed, corners bumped, re-sewn and rebacked preserving original spine); modern red cloth box. Provenance: Quentin Keynes (1921-2003, a gift to his doctor).
'THE FINEST COLOUR PLATE BOOK IN ENGLISH ON AFRICAN LIFE AND SCENERY' (Tooley). A FINE COPY of this 'most magnificent work ... the scarcest and most valuable of the large atlas folios of South African illustrations' (Mendelssohn). Samuel Daniell arrived at the Cape in December 1799, and was soon appointed by Lieutenant-General Dundas as secretary to a mission to the Booshuanas. The expedition reached Latuku, the furthest extent of European exploration. The drawings executed by Samuel on this mission were used both for this work and Sketches representing the Native Tribes ... of Southern Africa, published in 1820 by his brother William. William certainly assisted Samuel with the engraving of these plates as argued by Sutton. Samuel later travelled on to Sri Lanka were he died in 1811. This is an early issue with both plates and text watermarked 1801, similar to the Abbey copy, and it seems likely that this copy was bound up from the original parts. Abbey Travel 321; Mendelssohn I, 411; Nissen ZBI 1035; Tooley 168.