BURCHELL, WILLIAM JOHN. 'TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF SOUTHERN AFRICA'. LONDON: A. & R. SPOTTISWOODE FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, 1822 [WATERMARKED 1826]
3,000 - 5,000 USD
- 'Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa'. London: A. & R. Spottiswoode for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1822 [watermarked 1826]
- Paper, ink, leather
Two volume, 4to (11 5/16 x 8 5/8 in.; 287 x 220 mm). Half-titles, errata slip (vol.I), "Hints on Emigration" bound after preliminary leaves (vol.I), 20 hand-colored aquatint plates after Burchell, 5 folding, folding engraved map, numerous in-text wood-engraved illustrations; without final blank 4E4 in vol. I, offsetting of text onto plates, map expertly repaired at folds, two vertical tears to 3b4 in vol. I, one into the text area. Original cloth-backed gray boards, paper labels to spines, vol. II uncut; expertly rebacked with original spines laid down, spines faded, some chips to labels, corners bumped. Later slipcases.
Halstead Place Library (bookplates with shelf marks to front pastedowns) — Quentin Keynes (his sale, Christie's London, 7 April 2004, lot 353)
Abbey 'Travel' I:327; Gay 3001; Mendelssohn I:224; Tooley 116
First edition. "The most valuable and accurate work on South Africa published up to the first quarter of the nineteenth century...and now extremely scarce" (Mendelssohn).