A voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, towards the Antarctic polar circle, and round the world: but chiefly into the country of the Hottentots and Caffres, from the year 1772, to 1776.

  • Sparrman, Anders
  • London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson 1785
  • ESTC T150219.


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FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, 2 vols., 4to, pp. xviii, 368 + frontispiece, 2 plates, and 1 folding map; viii, 352, 349-50, [2] + 7 plates. Contemporary calf, spines divided by raised bands, red morocco labels. Some soiling and light foxing, map creased with a 10cm handling tear (no loss). Rubbed and scratched, labels and endcaps chipped, joints cracked, front board of vol. 2 detached. Early library ownership inscription to title-pages, along with their small stamp, and lending rules bookplate to front pastedown.


The first printing of the English translation of Anders Sparrman's account of Captain Cook's second voyage. Sparrman (1748-1820) was a Swedish naturalist who joined Cook at the Cape of Good Hope (where he had been tutoring) as assistant naturalist, and his account, first published in Swedish in 1783, mentions numerous details not found in other published accounts. It is also valuable for Sparrman's sociological insights: a review of the 1977 reprint in the Journal of African History praises him as 'one of the most acute observers of social relations within the early Cape Colony... It is not merely the historian's preference for original sources which would prescribe these works as the best introduction to the early social history of the Cape currently available' (v. 18, issue 1, p. 158). Especially scarce in unrestored contemporary binding.

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