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LATROBE, CHRISTIAN IGNATIUS: - 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, sixteen engraved plates of which twelve 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 by the United Brethen to visit the settlements in South Africa, 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 fauna and flora, and 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.
EUR 3200.00 [Appr.: US$ 3806.81 | £UK 2849.75 | JPą 397892] Book number 24053

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