Matabele Land And The Victoria Falls, A Naturalists Wanderings In The Interior Of South Africa
Kegan Paul, Trench & Co
xlix 433 pages, + 8 pages at rear of press notices of the first edition, frontis portrait of Oates on card, 6 chromolithograph hand-coloured plates and a further14 hand-coloured plates in the Appendix showing ornithological entomological and botanical subjects also woodcuts throughout the text + 4 folding maps the large folding map of South Eastern Africa coloured in outline. Bound in the publisher's olive-green cloth gilt and brown scene of a sunrise with 2 zebras to upper board, gilt title, and vignette of antelope horns to spine and gilt bustard to rear. An exceptional copy the contents free of foxing or marks. The cloth clean and fresh with no chips or splits. Oates hunted elephant, kuon, lion, buffalo etc. on his expedition to explore the region of the Victoria Falls late in 1874. On his return journey he was stricken with fever and died shortly after. C.G. Oates edited his brother's notebooks and published them in 1881, many of the first editions were destroyed by fire. The second edition included updated information not found in the 1st + a six-page preface by C.G. Oates explaining the nature of a second edition,"his account of Matabeleland is one of the best of the earlier modern works of the country" Mendelssohn Vol 2 112. Czech 210.
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