LAKE NGAMI, OR EXPLORATIONS AND DISCOVERIES DURING FOUR YEARS’ WANDERINGS IN THE WILDS OF SOUTH WESTERN AFRICA (FIRST EDITION, 1856) by Charles John Andersson
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1856
8vo, xviii + 546pp. + 38pp. publisher’s catalogue. Original hardcover binding, with gilt lettering to spine, and inlaid gilt illustration of hippo on front board. Recased copy. With frontispiece, 15 plates, and fold-out map at rear of book, collated and complete.
From the collection of N. J. van Warmelo, linguist and former State Ethnologist.
Scarce first edition of Andersson’s Africana classic. "Few, if any, books give so full and complete an account of Namaqualand, Damaraland, and the Ovambo country, and the description of the fauna of these countries is absolutely unequalled. Many exciting hunting adventures are depicted by pen and pencil, and the author obtained a great insight into the curious customs of the natives and their rulers." (Mendelssohn)