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LE VAILLANT, François (1753--1824)
Voyage de Monsieur Le Vaillant dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique, par le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, dans les années 1780, 81, 82, 83, 84 & 85. Tome premier. (second.)
Paris: chez Leroy, libraire, 1790.
2 vols ; 20.0 cm. (8º)
I: xxiv, 383, [1] p., engr. frontis., [6] engr. pl. (2 fold.)
II: [2], 403, [1] p., [6] engr. pl.

Le Vaillant was a Surinam-born French traveller and naturalist who published two very popular, much-translated but somewhat fictionalised accounts of his travels in South Africa, and a number of beautifully illustrated works of ornithology. In addition to the frontispiece there are two unnumbered folded plates in vol. I and a total of nine numbered plates: I, II, and IV are in vol. I; III, V--VII, VIII and bis plate VIII are in vol. II.

Binding Early C19th 'catspaw' calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco labels. This is probably the 'Voyage de la Afrique 2 Vols 8vo Calf letterd' bound by Peter Low for 4s. 6d., 29 October 1805. (Spiers Box).

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