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Catalogue 43 Exploration And Travel #2955/1

Methuen (H.H.)

LIFE IN THE WILDERNESS

or, Wanderings in South Africa

Published: London, 1848

Stock Number: #2955/1

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363 pages, 8vo (215 x 135 mm), 2 plates, 16 text illustrations, recent half brown morocco gilt, marbled boards, a very good copy. Second edition

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography Volume 2 page 6. 'A journal of an eight months' sporting expedition through the Eastern Province to the Orange and Vaal Rivers, Waterboer's country (Griqualand West), and thence in a north-easterly direction to the junction of the Mariqua and Limpopo Rivers as far as Moselekatse's old capital, in what was afterwards known as the Transvaal.' In Kuruman they met the missionaries Moffat, Hamilton and Livingstone who gave them 'much information ... respecting the country and its natives, and many valuable botanical and geological notes will be found in the work. The main interest of the volume, however, centres in the description of the game animals, and there are a number of well-drawn illustrations of the heads and horns of various species of antelopes met with in the course of the expedition.'