A Collection of Portraits of the Savage Tribes Inhabiting the Boundaries of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. Taken from the Life in 1812, by an Officer of the 21st Lt. Dragoons, engaged in an Expedition against those Tribes, under Lt.-Col. Graham.
Author: Year: 1822 Edition: First edition Publisher: London; Edwd Orme Category: Africa South Price: € 8,000.-
Later 3/4 gilt lined morocco over red cloth with the spine divided by two raised bands into three compartments with the title in gilt along the spine. Folio, approximately 380 x 270 mm with slightly varying sizes of the paper.
A lithographed title page and a total of eight plates consisting of five lithographs printed by McQueen & Co. and three aquatints, all published by Edward Orme, London, May 10th, 1822 and which all have been finely coloured by hand. The paper of three plates (marked here below "[W]") watermarked "J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1821". Quite exceptionally the original lithographed wrapper has been bound in at the end.
List of plates:
Hottentot Woman (aquatint) A Boshesman (lithograph) Female Hottentot with a child (aquatint) Kaffer Chief (lithograph) [W] A Boshesman with poisoned arrows (lithograph) Hottentot girl (lithograph) [W] A young Boshesman (aquatint) A young Hottentot (lithograph) [W]
The plate titled "Kaffer Chief" with two mended tears, one in the middle from left to right, the other in the upper left corner (see picture nr. 5). Both have been restored very professionally without Japanese paper or archival tape on the reverse side of the plate. Extremities of the boards and the back cover a bit rubbed, some wear and some very small tears along the edges of the paper and an occasional small spot, but overall a very attractive copy of this work.
The work is extremely rare with only four records in ABPC and RBH combined since 1939. All copies without the original wrapper. The work is described in Mendelssohn ("..., which is now of great rarity.") and Hosken but also those copies lack the wrapper which has been bound in here.
As mentioned in the title this set was published as a collection of eight plates which came loose in a wrapper. The very few surviving sets all have been bound with just one exception, the copy from the Quentin Keynes collection that was auctioned by Christie's in April 2004, however, that set was incomplete, lacking two plates and also there the wrapper was missing.
We can find only one copy in institutional libraries worldwide; the copy in the National Library of South Africa. The NLSA has kindly informed us that their copy has been bound as well, complete with the lthographed title page, but also here the wrapper is missing. This means that an example of this lithographed wrapper most likely was unknown up till now. This copy is fresh to the market and has been kept in a locker for approximately 80 years.
Hosken pp. 48/49, Mendelssohn II, p. 271. Neither in Abbey nor in Prideaux.