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An expedition to the South African interior: "of great permanent worth",
together with a description of the Cape of Good Hope

[BRINK, Carel Frederik].
Nouvelle description du Cap de Bonne-Espérance, avec un Journal historique d'un voyage de terre, . . . , dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique. . . . Sous le commandement du Capitain Mr. Henri Hop, . . .
Amsterdam, J.H. Schneider, 1778. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Title-page with an engraved vignette by Christian Friedrich Fritzsch and 16 folding engraved plates. Olive half calf (ca. 1840), gold-tooled spine.
€ 3,950
First and only edition of the French translation of a very interesting account of the Cape of Good Hope, together with an historical journal of an expedition into the interior of Africa, made by order of the late Governor Ryk Tulbach, with a force of 85 men under the command of Captain Henry Hope. The first part of the work contains an interesting description of the Cape. The journal making up the second part of this work contains no less interesting information on the fauna and flora, tribes and minerals met and found during the expedition to Namaqualand from 16 July 1761 to 27 August 1762 under the command of Henry Hop.
"This document is . . .  not only highly interesting, but of great permanent worth" (Theal, History of South Africa).
Two 19th-century bookplates on pastedown (one heraldic) with the name and other identifying features obliterated. Cracks in the hinges, but otherwise in very good condition.
Tiele, Bibl. 118; Mendelssohn I, pp. 185-186; STCN (3 copies); cf. Rookmaker, The zoological exploration of Southern Africa, pp. 36-37; not in Nissen.
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