Memorials of South Africa. Barnabas Shaw.
Memorials of South Africa

Memorials of South Africa

New York: G. Lane & P.P. Sandford, 1841.

First American Edition. Hardcover. Good. 317 pp, in original blind-stamped cloth. Spine faded, some edgewear, small wormhole at fore edge, moderate foxing throughout. Binding tight, hinges secure. Shaw arrived in Cape Town in 1816 and soon established the first Wesleyan Mission Station in the interior of South Africa. The book offers a history of the European discovery of the Cape of Good Hope and the development of the colony, with "numerous facts relative to missions...which were never before made public" and "notices of natural history, referring to lions, tigers, &c." According to Mendelssohn (II, p. 308), the chapters on the Hottentots, Bushmen, Corannas, Namaquas, Kaffirs, Bechuanas, and other tribes "afford one of the best descriptions of the native races of South Africa published up to this period."

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