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Catalogue 43 Exploration And Travel #10319

Kolb (Peter)

NAAUKEURIGE EN UITVOERIGE BESCHRYVING VAN DE KAAP DE GOEDE HOOP

Behelzende Een zeer omstandig Verhaal van den tegenwoodigen toestant van dat vermaarde Gewest

Published: Amsterdam, 1727

Stock Number: #10319

Price: R75,000

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First Dutch edition: 2 volumes, 529 + 449 (+ 89 page register or index), engraved title page in volume I, half title page in vol 1, engraved portrait of Kolbe, a large folding map (strengthened at folds) and 5 further double page maps, double page view of Table Mountain, and 45 copper engraved plates, the front hinge has been strengthened in volume 1 as well as the preliminary end papers in volume 2, full contemporary vellum blind stamped on the upper covers and hand titled on the spines – the spine is split along the edges in volume 1but holding firmly on the ties, a very good set.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography vol 1 pages 843 – 844: Exact and detailed description of the Cape of Good Hope, containing a very circumstantial account of the present state of that celebrated country, its settlements, harbour, fortress, form of government, extent, and the regions recently discovered in its vicinity ; together with an erudite description of the climate and soil of the territory ; of its animals, fishes, birds, plants, and herbs ; likewise of various prodigies of Nature discovered in the country ; to which is added a very accurately compiled account of the Hottentots from the author's own personal investigations : followed by a remarkable report on their language, religion, manner of living, singular traditions, customs, marriage ceremonies, circumcisions, and education ; also many other curious observations concerning the manners of the nation ; the condition of the colony of the European inhabitants, not to be found in any other description of the country.