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Subtitle: Trough the hithero undescribed Countries of the Great Namaquas, Boschman, and Hill Damaras
Faksimile reprint of the edition 1838 of Henry Colburn, London
Publisher: C. Struik
Cape Town, 1967
Original hardcover, original dustjacket, 12x 19 cm, 302 and 330 pages, some b/w illustrations
Fair. Some minor markings on the dustjackets, inside clean. This faksimile reprint of the edition 1838 of Henry Colburn, London, was limited to 750 numbered copies. These Volumes I / II are number 55.
Sir James Alexander fully intended carrying out his intention of exploring part of Eastern Africa, but as he was forestalled by Dr. A. Smith he decided to pursue his investigations in the West. With this view he proceeded to Namaqualand and Damaraland, which countries were little known at this time.
Leaving Cape Town in 1816, he traversed these regions in an ox waggon, and went through a large part of the country now known as German West Africa, arriving at Walvisch Bay almost exhausted with the difficulties of travel and want of water.
He draws attention to the education of the natives by the missions, through the medium of the Dutch language, which he considers a mistake, and states that the Damaras have no religious belief. The volume contains an account of the social conditions of the Namaquas, Boschmans, and Damaras, several illustrations, a map of the route of the author's expedition, and the Appendix includes a note upon the Cape Colony.