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KOLBEN, Peter (1675--1726)
[Caput Bonæ Spei hodiernum. English. 1738]
The present state of the Cape of Good-Hope, or a particular account of the several nations of the Hottentots: their religion, government, laws, customs, ceremonies, and opinions; their art of war, professions, language, genius, &c. Together with a short account of the Dutch settlement at the Cape. Written originally in High German, by Peter Kolben, A.M. Done into English from the original by Mr. Medley. The second edition. Illustrated with copper plates.
London: printed for W. Innys and R. Manby, 1738.
2 vols ; 20.0 cm. (8º)
I: [16], 367, [1] p., engr. frontis. port., fold. map, [18] pl. (2 fold.)
II: xviii, [2], 363, [1] p., engr. frontis., [2] maps, IX pl.

A translation of Caput Bonæ Spei hodiernum,1719. The author is also known as Kolb. Volume II is from the first edition, with the imprint of W. Innys (only) dated 1731 and the title-page reading 'The Present State of the Cape of Good Hope: Vol. II. Containing, the Natural History of the Cape; or, A particular Description of all the Sorts of Animals and Vegetables in that Neighbourhood; ... To which is prefix'd, A topographical account of the colonies there; ...'. Volume I has the final leaf of publisher's advertisements following the table of contents, and the first page of the advertisements at the end (recto of 367). The second page of the contents leaf of volume II is numbered '16'. ESTC n21068 (vol. I), t147067 (vol. II).

Copy Notes Imperfect; vol. I wanting plate XII. Also lacking a half-title? Bought from Thomas Boone for 14s., 24 November 1808 (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on title-pages: B. Dixon. Inscribed in pencil on first free-endpaper of vol. I: 14/-' and Curious plates. Volume II has some ink marginalia.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label reading 'P: State / Cape Of / Good-Hope'.

Reference Number 263


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