south africa illustrated by daniell.
BARROW, Sir John, first Baronet. Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa. In which are described the Character and the Condition of the Dutch Colonists of the Cape of Good Hope, and of the Several Tribes of Natives beyond its Limits: the Natural History of such subjects as occurred in the Animal, Mineral, and Vegetable Kingdoms; and the Geography of the Southern Extremity of Africa. Comprehending also a Topographical and Statistical Sketch of the Cape Colony: with an Enquiry into its Importance as a Naval and Military Station; as a Commercial Emporium; and as a Territorial Possession. Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, in the Strand, 1806.
4to. 2 vols. Contemporary full speckled calf, spines ruled in gilt, contrasting lettering pieces; pp. xvii, 427; [v], 372, [1, list of plates], [1, ads.]; 8 hand-coloured plates from originals by Samuel Daniell, 9 folding maps and charts (some hand-coloured in outline); slightly rubbed, endpapers to vol. II creased, some heavy embrowning to several maps and adjacent leaves due to colouring, one map neatly repaired to fold, previous owner's inscriptions to titles, else a very good set.
Second and best edition. Barrow was attached to the staff of the Earl of Macartney, one of the governors of the Cape Colony during the first occupation by the British. Barrow accompanied an expedition from Cape Town to Graaff-Reinet, and another to Namaqualand, and he gives an excellent description of the country traversed, particularly with regard to the botany and zoology of these regions. He provides significant evidence of the brutality of the Boers to their slaves and Hottentot servants, and there is a description of the characteristics, habits, and customs of the various native races. The second volume deals with the importance of the country from a military and naval perspective. The plates by Daniell are not present in the first edition, making this edition the most important of the two editions.
Abbey Travel 322; Mendelssohn I.88-89; Sutton pp.101 & 106, and No. 58; Tooley 85; Gay 2996; Prideaux p.327.