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Gleanings in Africa;

ANON.  (1805.)

£1250.00  [First Edition]

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Exhibiting a Faithful and Correct View of the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants of the Cape of Good Hope, and Surrounding Country. With a full and comprehensive account of the system of Agriculture adopted by the Colonists; Soil, Climate, Natural Productions &c. &c. &c. Interspersed with observations and reflections on the State of Slavery in the Southern Extremity of the African Continent.First edition. Folding frontispiece & 9 plates. 8vo. Later quarter calf, shelf worn, minor foxing, with black cloth slipcase. xxii, 320pp. London, James Cundee,

Quite scarce. This edition precedes the first edition noted by both Theal and Mendelssohn as being published in 1806. No copies on COPAC, only five on OCLC.

Comprised of thirty-nine letters, this account of the Cape before the rule of the Batavian Republic is more properly a vehicle for the author's view on slavery - to which he was opposed - and includes a general history of it from ancient times. The dramatic folding frontispiece and plates are all after sketches by the author. Hosken, p81; Mendelssohn I, p609; Theal, p116.

Stock Code: 196511