A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria ... Illustrated with a map and seventeen copper-plates. William Paterson, Lieut.
A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria ... Illustrated with a map and seventeen copper-plates
A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria ... Illustrated with a map and seventeen copper-plates
A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria ... Illustrated with a map and seventeen copper-plates

A narrative of four journeys into the country of the Hottentots, and Caffraria ... Illustrated with a map and seventeen copper-plates

London: J. Johnson, 1789. First edition, large 4to, pp. vi, ix-xii, 171, [1], iii (index), [1] errata (lacking pp. vii-viii, as always -- see Mendelssohn, 2nd ed.); large engraved folding map showing the extent of Paterson's travels, 17 engraved copper-plates; original blue paper-covered boards neatly rebacked in cream paper with new printed paper label on spine; bookplate removed with a resulting stain on the front free endpaper, else a nice copy. The book was also available with color plates. One of the first English descriptions of the interior of South Africa. Paterson, later the governor of New South Wales, studied botany in London. His journey was patronized by Lady Strathmore, who had sent him to the Cape of Good Hope to collect plants for her estate. Mendelssohn II, p. 143: "Mr. Paterson accompanied Colonel Gordon (Commander of the Troops of the Dutch East India Company in South Africa) and Jacob van Reenen in several trips to the interior ... 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 a 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." Item #29417

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