New edition of the classic travel account by Lavaillant (1753-1824), reviewed here by Abbot Orse, published in the Les Familles collection around 1853. Indeed, on page 196 (v2) it says “since Levaillant’s voyage, the Cape colony fell into the power of the English, but also nothing changed among the Cafres and Hottentots...”
Illustrated with 4 woodcut engraved portraits on two plates placed in frontispiece.
Le Valiant went to Cape Town for the first time in 1781 in the Algoa Bay and the District of
de Bruyntes Hoogte, via Mossel Bay, before crossing the country of “Camdeboo” and the Gamka Rivers,
Buffalo, and Touws Rivers. He undertook the second voyage in 1783 from the place where he had
ended the first, the route went north. He crossed the country that would later become
Namaqualand, Damaraland, Bechuanaland and the desert of the Kalahari. He went west
up to the fourteenth parallel and north to the Tropic of Capricorn. The book provides an
exceptional account of South Africa at a time when relatively little was known about its
natural history and the Dutch settlers.
This voyage recounted colourfully and adventurously was very successful and was quickly
translated into many languages.
François Le Vaillant
Voyage en Afrique chez les Cafres et les Hottentots par Levaillant revu par M. l'abbé Orse.
Paris, Chez Adrien le Clère. n.d. ( 1853?)
Complete in 2 volumes with 244, 198 pp.
Period red half sheepskin binding, smooth spine adorned with gilded stamping.
Sturdy volumes, faded leather, abrasion with leather missing on the headcap of volume 1. Interior: dampstain on the corner of the last 60 ff of volume 1, slightly overflowing onto about 50 pages. Handwritten ex-libris on both titles. Cropped corner on the title page of volume 2. Some light foxing.
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- Auteur/ Illustrator
- François Le Vaillant
- Voyage en Afrique chez les Cafres et les Hottentots par Levaillant revu par M. l'abbé Orse.
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- 17×11 cm