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Baines, T[homas]
The Victoria Falls Zambesi River: sketched on the spot by T. Baines
London: Day & Son, Limited, Lithographers & Publishers, 4 October 1865. Folio, half recent red morocco, original pebbled burgundy cloth with gilt title on upper cover. 8 pp. of text, tinted lithographic title with bird's eye view and ten tinted lithographic plates, all loose in portfolio, as issued. Ticket of "Whitley Brothers, Second-hand Booksellers, and Stampdealers, 15 Church Street, Cape Town" in lower right corner of front paste-down. A spectacular volume of lithographic views of Victoria Falls on the Zambesi River, accompanied by the artist's lively account of his visit, with references to the views. The prefatory text by artist Thomas Haines-entitled, "The Mosi-O-A-Tunya (Smoke-Sounding), or Victoria Falls"-offers an account of his expedition with South African explorer James Chapman to the African Interior. Beginning in Walvisch Bay on the West Coast and terminating at the mouth of the Zambesi River, Haines's narrative spans from 23 July 1862 to 5 Aug. 1862. Haines provides glosses for each of the views and chronicles the circumstances in which he encountered each scene. He observes with an artist's eye the geology, flora, and fauna of the region-such as the gigantic aloe, tall mochicheerie, and ana trees, new varieties of quagga or zebra, pebbles and crystals of quartz, agate, red jasper, black scoria, and so forth. Haines also describes the party's Makalaka and Bushman "followers"; his encounters with Chief Sekeltu and the hostile Matabili; transportation woes; and dramatic hunts for buffalo, rhino, etc. The expedition ends prematurely, Baines noting "Our exhaust … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: James Arsenault & Company, ABAA [Arrowsic, ME, U.S.A.]
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