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Catalogue 43 Exploration And Travel #5740/3

Paterson (Lieutenant William)

NARRATIVE OF FOUR JOURNEYS INTO THE COUNTRY OF THE HOTTENTOTS, AND CAFFRARIA IN THE YEARS 1777, 1778, 1779

Illustrated with a map and nineteen copper-plates

Published: London, 1790

Stock Number: #5740/3

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xii + 175 pages (+ 1 directions for placing of the plates),4to (300 x 245 mm), 19 engraved plates, folding map, half title page, recent half brown morocco with brown sprinkled paper sides (insect scarred). There is some light foxing and off-setting on the plates and the folding map but generally the contents are bright. The Second Edition, Corrected

Mendelssohn (S.) South African Bibliography, 2:143-4, 'Mr Paterson accompanied Colonel Gordon (Commander of the Troops of the Dutch East India Company in South Africa) and Jacob van Reenan in several trips to the interior. He remarked that he does not give a description of the Cape as he would be only repeating what Sparrman and Masson had already communicated in their publications. In the course of his travels the author penetrated as far as Namaqualand on the west, and the Great Fish River on the south-east. Although the principal feature of the work is the description of the botanical specimens collected and noted by Mr. Paterson, there are many interesting notes respecting the natives, with a few remarks on the Dutch Colonists.'