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A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria, in the years 1777, 1778, 1779. . . . The second edition, corrected. London, printed for Joseph Johnson, 1790. Large 4to (28.5×22.5 cm). With an engraved folding map of the lower part of South Africa (34×56 cm) and 19 subtly hand-coloured engraved plates (14 botanical, 3 zoological and 2 ethnographical). Contemporary tree calf, gold-tooled board edges, rebacked with gold-tooled spine using 18th-century tools.
ESTC T144617; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe 3122; Howgego, to 1800, P28; NDB 44, pp. 26-28; Mendelsohn II, pp. 143-144 (1st ed., with only 17 plates). Second edition of an account describing the explorations of the Scottish botanist and military officer, William Paterson (1755-1810) in South Africa, one of the first English descriptions of the exploration of the interior of South Africa. Paterson, later to become governor of New South Wales, studied botany at Syon House in London. His journey, divided into four separate tours, was patronised by Lady Strathmore, who had sent him to the Cape of Good Hope to collect plants for her garden and estate. Although the principal feature of the work is a description of the botanical specimens collected by Paterson, there are many interesting notes regarding topography, zoology and ethnography.Text pages slightly browned, a minor water stain in the lower margin of the first 10 leaves, and an occasional spot in the plates. In good condition.
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