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The Wild Sports of Southern Africa;
London: William Pickering, , 1841. being the Narrative of an Expedition from the Cape of Good Hope through the Territories of the Chief Moselekatse, to the Tropic of Capricorn. Third Edition. Octavo. Original green cloth, rebacked with the original spine laid down, spine lettered in gilt, ornate gilt centrepiece to covers within blind-stamped floral border. Gilt edges. Hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece, vignette half-title, and 24 plates with tissue guards, folding map with route marked in red. Bookplate to pastedown, presentation inscription to front free endpaper dated 1886, library stamp to verso of title page. Spine bumped, corners worn, hinges strengthened with linen, front pastedown and endpaper taped and abraded, frontispiece remounted on stub, short closed tear to foot of first few leaves, occasional marking to pages, a few tape marks. A good copy. Third and preferred edition, with two extra chapters, first published in Bombay in 1838. William Cornwallis Harris (1807–1848) was commissioned in the Bombay Engineers in 1823, and promoted captain in 1834 and major in 1836. Invalided to South Africa for two years, on the voyage out he decided to join up with Richard Williamson, a Bombay civil servant, for a big game hunting expedition. The book is an account of Harris's journey, finely illustrated with attractive plates of African game and scenery. Harris's work is valuable as it presents a detailed picture of the South African game fields prior to the growing pressure of civilisation. Although primarily a hunting expedition, Harris covered ground never before seen by Europeans, and discovered the source of the Marique River, one of the head-waters of the Limpopo.
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