Journal of a Visit to South Africa, in 1815, and 1816. With some Account of the Missionary Settlements of the United Brethren, near the Cape of Good Hope. London, L.B. Seeley, 1818.
4to. Pp. (viii), 406. With one folding map, 16 engraved plates, of which 12 are hand coloured aquatints. Contemporary calf, rebacked with original spine preserved, spine richly gilt with five raised band. Extremities worn and hinges weak. Bookplates. Some light offsetting from plates but overall a lovely copy. First edition. Latrobe was a missionary sent out to visit the settlements at Genadendal and Groenekloof. The Governor of the Cape had expressed a wish that a third missionary station should be opened, and in order to choose a site Latrobe travelled through a large part of the country up to the Little Fish River. He gives an interesting account of the life of the farmers who lived a very primitive life. The beautiful aquatint plates, several drawn by R. Cocking, are engraved after sketches made by Latrobe on the spot. Abbey, Travel, 325. Gay 3117. Mendelssohn i, 866-67. Tooley 292.
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