HARRIS, Sir William Cornwallis.
Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa delineated from Life in their Native haunts, during a Hunting expedition from the Cape Colony [...] in 1836-37...
- London: H.W. Martin, published for the Proprietor by William Pickering, 1840-44. Dickinson and Son .
- Abbey Travel 335; Schwerdt I, 231; Tooley 247; Mendelssohn, pp. 668-669; Bobins 97.
- 30 + 1
- XL=elephant folio
Folio, list of subscribers, lithographed coloured vignette title, printed title, 30 hand coloured lithographed plates, by F. Howard after Harris. Original buff wrappers dated 1841 for Parts 1-4, and for part 5, 1844. Preserved in half burgundy box with marbled paper boards and sides, gilt rule, decorative devices to spine compartments, raised bands etc. Facsimile title pages loose. A RARE WORK. This present copy contributes the finest possible copy of Harris's 'Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa'. "One of the most important and valuable works on South Africa Fauna" (Mendelssohn). This work was re-issued in 1844 by Richardson, and again in 1849 by Bohn. Harris, an officer (Captain) in the East India's Company Bombay Engineers, was invalided to the Cape for two years, 1835-37. In 1836 he and Richardson set off from Algoa Bay, by way of Somerset and the orange River and travelled in a north-westerly direction until they reached the kraals of the famous Matabele chief; Moselikatze. he proved friendly and allowed them to return to a hitherto closed route. This work was preceded by an account of the journey published in Bombay in 1838 (8vo with a map and four plates). The response to this was so favourable that he was encouraged to publish this present work, based on sketches of game animals.
Coloured plates in order:
1. Catoblepas Gnoo - The Gnoo, or Wilde Beest.
2. Equus Quagga - The Quagga.
3. Gazella Euchore - The Springbok.
4. Catoblepas Gorgon - The Kokoon, or Brindled Gnoo.
5. Equus Burchellii - Burchell's Zebra.
6. Boselaphus Oreas - The Eland or Impoofo.
7. Acronotus Caama - The Caama or Hartebeest.
8. Acronotus Lunata - The Sassaybe or Bastard Hartebeest.
9. Oryx Capensis - The Gemsbok, or South African Oryx.
10. Struthio Camels - The Ostrich.
11. Camelopardalis Giraffa - The Camelopard or Giraffe.
12. Hippopotamus Amphibius - The Hippopotamus, or Sea-Cow.
13. Bubalus Caffer - The African Buffalo.
14. Aigocerus Ellipsiprymnus - The Water-Buck.
15. Antilope Melampus - The Pallah.
16. Rhinoceros Africanus - The African Rhinoceros.
17. Gazella Pygarga - The Bontebok, or Pied Antelope.
18. Aigocerus Equina - The Roan Antelope, or Bastard Gemsbok.
19. Rhinoceros Simus - The Square-Nosed, or White Rhinoceros.
20. Strepsiceros Capensis - The Koodoo.
21. Gazella Albifrons. The Blesbok, or White-Faced Antelope.
22. Elephas Africanus. The African Elephant.
23. Aigocerus Niger. The Sable Antelope.
24. Equus Montanus - The Zebra of Modern Naturalists / Oreotragus Saltatrix - The Klipspringer.
25. Vignette title.
26. Redunca Capreolus - The Rheebok / Tragulus Rupestris - The Steenbok.
27. Tragelaphus Sylvatica - The Bushbuck / Tragulus Melanotis - The Grysbok / Cephalopus Caerula - The Cerulean Antelope.
28. Phacochaerus Africanus - The African Boar / Redunca Eleotragus - The Reitbok.
29. Felis Leopardus - The Leopard / Felis Jubata - The Hunting Pard.
30. Felis Leo - The Lion.
31. Hyaena Crocuta - The Spotted Hyaena / Hyaena Fusca - The Fuscous Hyaena / Hyaena Venatica - The Wild Dog.