2 Vols. of 3 (3rd. vol. missing, but complete as quoted)
Vol. I: L, 288 pp.; 1 large folded map (with his travels in red and yellow), 3 folded plates and 2 plates.
Vol. II: 383 pp.; 2 folded plates, 6 plates
Both vols. full calf, but vol. I has both boards loose and the spine damaged; vol II both boards are missing, spine damaged. Uniform marbled pastedowns and flyleaves.
Some plates are spotted, the map has a tear (repaired)
* François Levaillant (born Vaillant, later in life as Le Vaillant) (1753 – 1824) was a French author, explorer, naturalist, zoological collector, and noted ornithologist. He described many new species of birds based on birds he collected in Africa and several birds are named after him. He was among the first to use colour plates for illustrating birds and opposed the use of binomial nomenclature introduced by Carl Linnaeus,
He tended to describe the African people with sympathy. He shared Rousseau's idea of the "Noble savage" and condemnation of civilization. He called his "Hottentot" companion Klaas his brother and his equal.
The plates generally depict views, but also a male and female Hippopotamus, a cucumber, and a nice folding view of the famous Table Mountain at Cape of Good Hope.
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- Nombre de livres
- Biologie, Histoire coloniale, Livres illustrés, Voyages et découvertes
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- François Le Vaillant
- Titre du livre
- New travels into the interior of the Cape of Good Hope in the years 1783-1785.
- État raisonnable
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- 1ère édition dans ce format
- Langue originale
- London, G.C. and J. Robinson
- Nombre de pages
- 22×14 cm