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    James Chapman. Travels in the Interior of South Africa, Comprising Fifteen Years' Hunting and Trading; With Journeys Across the Continent From Natal to Walvisch Bay, and Visits to Lake Ngami and the Victoria Falls. London: Bell & Daldy, 1868.

    First edition. Two octavo volumes. xiii, [3], 454; viii, [4], 480 pages. With numerous illustrations in plate form and textual as called for and with two large folding maps (detached and tatty), errata pages to both volumes, complete.

    Publisher's green cloth over beveled boards with blind-stamped rules and elephant vignette stamped in gilt on the front boards of each volume. Titles lettered in gilt on the spine. Volume I with abrasions at the corners and cloth starting to crack along the edges of the spine, binding shaken, hinges just starting to crack, and with additional light soiling and shelf wear; Volume II with lesser wear, mainly at the edges. Contents of both volumes tight, some pages uncut. Large Explorers Club bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume; previous owner's bookplate on the front free endpaper of each volume. Taken on balance, a very good set of this rare work.

    "Few South African books give better descriptions of the sport of the country and the habits and customs of the native races inhabiting the vast areas traversed, and throughout the volumes there are copious notes on the flora and fauna of the countries visited, amplified by the contents of a valuable index enriched with extracts from the works of its able writers" (Mendelssohn I, 321). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.


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