Le Vaillant - Voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique, Cap de Bonne-Espérance - 1798

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Le Vaillant - Voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique, Cap de Bonne-Espérance - 1798
Travels - Quantity: 2 - tipped in plates

Large folding illustrated plates (53x21 cm). Complete with the famous illustration of the "Hottentote au tablier", which is often missing in other editions.
The work contains descriptions of the Hotentots and Gonaquais, until then practically unknown, of their customs and habits. The book was a great success throughout Europe, undoubtedly thanks to the author’s colourful and adventurous style.

MareMagnum €863.

New edition, illustrated with numerous plates (animals, views, fields, indigenous people), of which many are large and foldable, all on thick paper. A good copy.

2 volumes bound in half Moroccan green leather (coeval), with gold titles and fleurons on the spine; some signs of wear. Burgundy hand-dyed card stock plates, sprayed edges, crisp interior, some stains, otherwise a good edition on light paper with bright inks. Pp. xxxij, 385pp. et (4) 403pp. (1)

François Le Vaillant (1753–1824) was a French explorer and ornithologist. In 1781, the treasurer of the Dutch East India Company sent him to the Cape province in South Africa, where he collected many specimens of animals, bringing back to France more than 2,000 birds. His books have been a great success throughout Europe.

His ornithological collection was sold to the museum of Leiden, France, of which it forms the central nucleus. Some names of birds he created are still in use. Numerous species bear his name, such as the Coucou de Levaillant. In the preface the author recounts his childhood in Suriname and his early passions as a collector.

The work contains interesting descriptions of the Hotentots and Gonaquais, their customs and habits. The book was a great success, undoubtedly thanks to the author’s colourful and adventurous storytelling.

Le Vaillant's travels were motivated by a desire to see specimens - which he had studied in Paris - in their natural environment. His two voyages inland from South Africa took him to the Great Fish River and, subsequently, north of the Orange River. Ogilvie, 1, 35; Mendelssohn I, p892. 1796].

François Levaillant, sometimes spelled Le Vaillant (Paramaribo, 1753 – Sézanne, 1824), was a French explorer, ornithologist and collector. He was born in Paramaribo, capital of Dutch Guiana (now Suriname), where his father was consul.
When his father returned to Europe in 1763, he studied natural history in Metz. In 1781 he was sent on behalf of the Dutch East India Company to the Cape Province in South Africa, where he remained to collect specimens until 1784. He made two trips to the area, one in the east of the Cape and the other north of the Orange River in the Gran Namaqualand area.

On his return he published “Voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique” (1790, 2 volumes) and “Second voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique” (1796, 3 volumes), translated into numerous languages.

Full title:
Voyage de F. Le Vaillant dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique, par le Cap de Bonne-Espérance: nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée.
Le Vaillant François
A Paris, de l'imprimerie de Crapelet, An VI.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
2
Subject
Travels
Author/ Illustrator
Le Vaillant
Book Title
Voyage dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique, Cap de Bonne-Espérance
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1798
Edition
Illustrated Edition
Language
French
Original language
Yes
Publisher
A Paris, de l'imprimerie de Crapelet An VI
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Extras
tipped in plates
Number of pages
825
Dimensions
213×132 mm
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