Published: Ninth Thousand, London, 1842
Stock Number: #2828/1
624 pages, 8vo (233 x 155 mm), colour frontispiece "The Mission Premises at the Kuruman Station" is printed by the Baxter process, folding map, 8 engraved plates, 8 engraved illustrations in the text, recent half green morocco titled and decorated gilt on the spine, yellow buckram sides, edges uncut, some light foxing on the plates, overall a very good copy
Mendelssohn 2:29. 'The preliminary chapters deal with opinions of the author on the origin of the Hottentots, and gives a synopsis of the early work of the London Missionary Society in South Africa, reference being made to the labours of Drs.Vanderkemp and Philip, and other pioneer missionaries who predated Mr. Moffat. The volume gives a valuable account of mission work among the Bechuanas, with notes on the customs of the natives, and a description of the earlier travels of the author... There are some particulars concerning Dr Andrew Smith's expedition into the interior in 1835, and there is an ample account of the labours of the various missionary societies engaged amongst the Bechuanas, Matabeles, Basutos and other races at this period'.The coloured frontispiece of the Kuruman Station is one of very few illustrations printed by the Baxter process in books of African interest. This plate was also sold separately as a print to raise funds for the work of the mission.