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Catalogue 43 Exploration And Travel #10140/1

Baldwin (William Charles)


Including Lake Ngami, the Kalahari Desert, Etc., from 1852 to 1860 with illustrations by James Wolf and J.B.Zwecker

Published: London, 1863

Stock Number: #10140/1

Price: R7,500


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First Edition: x + 451 pages, 8vo (230 x150mm), folding map, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, 6 tinted lithographic plates by Wolf, 40 wood engraved plates and text illustrations, pictorial green cloth - the upper cover with a gilt vignette of a lion attacking a fleeing hunter on his horse, original patterned end papers, binders ticket of Edmonds and Remnants on back paste-down end paper, the cloth is in bright condition, a very good copy. First Edition

Dictionary of South African Biography, Volume 111, pages 42-3: Baldwin arrived in Durban in 1851 having been attracted to South African by Cumming?s 'Five Years of a Hunter?s Life' published in 1850. He made several hunting expeditions to Zululand, Marico, Matabeleland and Lake Ngami. In April 1860 he again left for Potchefstroom intent on reaching the Victoria Falls, which he succeeded in doing more by luck than good management on August 3rd. He was the second white man to see the falls, the first to have reached them from the east coast (Natal), and the first to describe them with exactness and give their true dimensions, the accuracy of which he vouched for to David Livingstone himself, when the great explorer arrived about 8th or 9th August.