TRAVELS 1761-62 IN SOUTERN AFRICA (1778)

BRINK, Carel Frederich]

Nouvelle Description du Cap de Bonne-Espérance, avec un Journal Historique d'un Voyage de Terre, fait par ordre du gouvernor Feu Mgr. Ryk Tulbagh, dans l'Intérior de l'Afrique. Par une Caravanne de quatre-vingt-cinq personnes sous le Commandement du Capitain Mr. Henri Hop.

Published: Amsterdam: Chez J. H. Schneider:

Date: 1778

first edition in French 8vo. two parts in 1 volume (as issued) [8], 130; [2], 100pp., 16 folding plates in second part, engraved vignette on title page, contemporary calf, smooth spine attractively decorated in gilt in panels and with a red morocco label gilt, some cracking of joints, else a very nice fresh and crisp copy. Rare.

Note
Mendelssohn South African Bibliography, v. 1, p. 283 Brink (fl. 1758-1784), the anonymous principal author of this work, provides an important early account of South Africa. The work is in two parts. Part 1 contains Description abrégée du cap de Bonne-Espérance, and Part 2 Journal d'un voyage de terre, dans l'intérieur d'Afrique par les pays des petits et des grands Namacquas, sous le Commandement du Capitaine Mr. Henri Hop, pour faire des découvertes, dans l'intérieur du Pays vers le Nord du Cap de Bonne-espérance, depuis le 16 juillet 1761, jusqu'au 27 avril 1762. The second part includes 16 fine folding plates of wild animals such as elephants, rhinoceros, the giraffe, several types of antelope, and zebras. Included is the annoucement of a new tree, "l'arbre de cire au cap de Bonne-Espérance", which is also illustrated. Translated by Jean Nicolas Sébastien Allamand from the Brink's original Dutch work Nieuwste en beknopte beschryving van de Kaap der Goede-Hope, (Amserdam, 1778). Brink, from Berlin, arrived in 1756 at the "Amstelveen" at the Cape. He was made assistant at the Judicial Secretariat in 1757, and Land surveyor and draughtsman in 1760 , "As such [he] was also employed as Secretary on that distant and painful journey into the Interior in 1761, for discovering the unknown countries towards the North. On his return he resumed his former duties, and continued them until 1769, when he was promoted to the rank of Military ensign .. This appointment he held until 1776, and in consequence of the death of the Lieutenant of Engineers, Carel David Wentzel, he performed the duties of the latter until this year (1779). He now wishes to be honourable discharged from the service, and as he has served the Company 23 years, and given every satisfaction, and in addition acted as Lieutenant of Engineers for 3 years, he wishes also to retain the rank of Lieutenant. Request granted" [contemporary 1779 record of his petition in the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope]. O.C.L.C. locates a surprisingly small number of copies of either edition worldwide. Apparently no copy at auction since 1986.

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