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Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa. Reprinted from the original edition of 1822-4 in 2 vol

Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa. Reprinted from the original edition of 1822-4 in 2 vol

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Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa. Reprinted from the original edition of 1822-4 with some additional material and with an introduction by I. Schapera. In 2 volumes.

London The Batchworth Press, 1953. Limited edition of 1250 copies.

2 volumes, complete set, 1953.

 

Edition limited to 1250 copies, 8vo, 240 x 160 mm, 9½ x 6¼ inches, 6 coloured plates of views, 11 black and white plates mainly of indigenous people, numerous wood engraved vignettes, large folding map in Volume I with route marked in red, another small map at the end of Volume II, pages: xxix, 381, (3); xvi including errata, 473 including index, bound in original publisher's dark blue buckram, gilt lettered spine. 

William John Burchell (1781-1863) was an explorer and a naturalist who had studied botany at Kew Gardens and became a fellow of the Linnaean Society in 1803. He was appointed in 1807 as naturalist on the island of St Helena by the East India Company but when this appointment was cancelled he set sail for Cape Town in 1810 with the object of exploring the interior of South Africa. He set off in June 1811 and returned to England in November 1815. 

His work has been described as the most valuable and accurate work on South Africa published up to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, embracing a description of a large part of the Cape Colony and Bechuanaland at this period. He collected about 63000 specimens of plants and animals which he donated to the British Museum. These 2 volumes are only the first part of his travels, his projected third volume was never written.

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