an artist in africa
BAINES, Thomas. Explorations in South-West Africa. Being An Account of a Journey in the Years 1861 and 1862 from Walvisch Bay, on the Western Coast, To Lake Ngami and the Victoria Falls, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864.
8vo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, ornamented all-over in blind; pp. vi, [2, errata leaf], [vii]-xiv, 535 [recte 603]; 3 folding maps, with hand-colouring, colour-lithographic frontispiece and numerous wood-engravings on plates and in the text; cloth a little rubbed, a few gatherings a bit shaky (hinges strengthened now), internally very clean and fresh; bookplate Henry B. Marshall of Rachan inside front cover.
First edition. A classic and beautifully illustrated account of African travel. Baines travelled from Walvisch Bay on the west coast to the Victoria Falls of the Zambesi River, accompanied by J. Chapman, an old friend of the author who had many years of experience of travelling in Africa. The journey was indeed arduous and was blighted by famine, illness and loss of some of the attendants. The author was an artist and African explorer, who had accompanied Livingstone part of the way on his Zambesi expedition in 1858 as the expedition's official artist. On the Chapman/Baines expedition 'he made a complete route survey, having been taught how to use surveying and astronomical instruments by Sir Thomas Maclear, astronomer royal at the Cape. He also collected scientific information and botanical specimens - the latter now at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - and made many sketches and paintings, which were published as coloured lithographs in 1862' (ODNB).
Mendelssohn p. 112.