NARRATIVE OF A VISIT TO THE MAURITIUS & S. AFRICA, by James Backhouse - 1844 [1st Ed]*Maps*

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A Narrative of A Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa

by James Backhouse 

FIRST EDITION. Includes both maps. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1844.

Hardback is overall in GOOD- condition.

  • Antiquarian binding features blind-tooled filigree, identical on both covers.
  • Book displays commensurate overall aging and wear. Both covers and spine piece are detached.
  • Covers exhibit significant overall rubbing, as well as some fading.
  • Boards are exposed along edges, with fraying.
  • Detached spine piece has been kept inside. Spine piece has gilt and displays overall fraying, rubbing and fading, with a 1.5" x 1" chip to head. (See photos) 
  • Binding is fragile through gutter, with some gaps.
  • Illustration plates are overall well preserved, with gentle toning and scattered foxing. Some illustrations show little or no foxing, while others display only marginal foxing. Most plates have foxing that extends in some way into the image. (See photos)
  • Illustrations are protected behind toned tissue guards that show some offsets. 
  • Both maps are present. Maps are well preserved, showing some toning and offsets. Back map is in lesser condition, showing some light damp staining along some areas of margins, as well as some tears along folds, 3" max. (See photos)
  • Front endpaper shows gift inscription. (See photos)
  • Back endpaper exhibits some overall damp staining.
  • Interior displays gentle toning throughout with occasional marginal foxing and rare, mild staining. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges show commensurate toning, as well as some spots along foot.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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648 pages + 56 appendix pages. 5.75 x 9 inches.

This is the remarkable story of the journey of two Quaker missionaries. The author, accompanied by his secretary George Washington Walker, undertook a voyage to the Mauritius and South Africa to preach wherever they would be heard, and also to visit prisons and improve the conditions of the poor in these areas. The multi-racial school they built was part of that missionary effort, and was financed by some of their English friends. This is a detailed account of their travels, with engravings from his original sketches of indigenous vegetation, aborigines, missionary stations, chain gangs of prisoners, as well as some of his letters to officials, and his missionary speeches.

James Backhouse (1794-1869) was a botanist and missionary for the Quaker church in Australia. Along the way during his journey he also collected plants and seeds which he brought back to England. 

Features engravings from the author's original sketches, as well as an appendix with letters sent to officials, and some of his speeches. 

PROVENANCE: bookseller sticker from the H. Longstreth's School Book Depository in Philadelphia. Gift inscription on front endpaper.

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