ANDERSSON, Charles John. Lake Ngami; Or, Explorations and Discoveries, during Four Years' Wanderings in the Wilds of South Western Africa. Hurst And Blackett, Publishers. 1856.
Royal 8vo. Publisher's original blind-panelled cloth, central vignette in gilt of hippo to upper cover and rhino to lower cover, lettered in gilt to spine, (rebacked with new backstrip); pp. xviii, 546; 40 wood-engraved illustrations, 16 lithographic tinted plates by Joseph Wolf and others, large folding map at rear; corners a little bumped, apart from spotting to corners of two text leaves and one plate, a good solid and clean copy.
Second edition. 'A valuable and reliable book' (Theal).The author's record of two expeditions made between 1850 and 1854. The first, made with Francis Galton, explored the country of the Damaras and Ovambo; the second comprised a successful attempt to reach Lake Ngami by a route deemed impracticable. Andersson includes remarks on native hunting techniques: the concluding chapters discuss the hippopotamuses of the region and the Bayeye people's harpoon-hunting of the animals. The plates, all with the original tissue guards - are very atmospheric, particularly the one depicting nocturnal hunting scenes. 'The narrative describes two expeditions, one in which the author was accompanied by Francis Galton in the Ovampo country, and the other when he travelled by himself to Lake Ngami. The courage and endurance of the explorers were remarkable . few, if any, books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovampo country and the description of the fauna of these countries is absolutely unequalled' (Mendelssohn).
Mendelssohn I.65; Czech p. 5 (US edition; 'cornerstone book of African hunting in the middle of the nineteenth century. The London edition is much more difficult to locate than the American edition'); Theal, Catalogue of Books and Pamphlets p.7.