VAN REENEN, Jacob (1755-1806), & Captain Edward RIOU (d.1801). A Journal of a Journey from the Cape of Good Hope, undertaken in 1790 and 1791, by Jacob Van Reenen, and others of his countrymen, in search of the wreck of... the Grosvenor; to discover if there remained alive any of the unfortunate sufferers. With additional notes, and a map, by Capt. Edw. Riou. London: printed for G. Nicol, 1792.
4° (246 x 205mm). Half-title. Folding engraved map. (Small tear to map.) Contemporary calf, spine gilt (spine worn, lacking lettering-piece, upper joint split).
FIRST EDITION. RARE: the last copy listed as having sold at auction was in 1990. 'Van Reenen was accompanied by twelve other Dutchmen, and started on his journey on August 24, 1790, in the direction of Olifant's River. They reached the Kat River on September 30th, and traversing the country of the Tamboekies, eventually arrived at the Tasana River... They then journeyed to to the Sea Cow River... Soon after, they came to the spot where the ship had been wrecked, but "found nothing remaining except some cannon, iron ballast, and lead"... Van Reenen and his companions... arrived home on January 7, 1791': Mendelssohn I,p.652.