A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 eBook

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655.  Reise nach dem Vorgeberg der Guten Hopnung.  Von Peter Kolb.  Nuremberg, 3 vol. fol.—­This voluminous work, originally published in Dutch, was abridged and published in French, in 3 vols. 12mo.  From this abridgment, an English translation was published in 2 vols. 8vo. in 1738.  Both the entire and abridged work have been frequently published.  The reason for this popularity and general sale, must be sought in Kolben’s work, being, for a long time, the only detailed account of this part of Africa, and from its enjoying a reputation for accuracy, which subsequent travellers have destroyed, especially De la Caille, the celebrated astronomer, in the following work.

656.  Journal du Voyage fait au Cap de Bonne Esperance.  Paris, 1673. 12mo.—­This work is well known to astronomers; but it also deserves to be perused by those who wish to detect the errors of Kolben, and by the light which it throws on the manners of the Hottentots.

657.  Description du Cap de Bonne Esperance.  Amsterdam, 1778. 8vo.—­This work, translated from the Dutch, contains a Journal of Travels into the interior, undertaken by order of the Dutch Governor.  The first part gives a short description of the Cape, and the adjacent districts, which seems drawn from the authority of Kolben, in too many particulars; the second part contains the Journal of the Travels:  and it is more full and instructive on objects of natural history, than on the customs and manners of the people.  The plates of these are very valuable.

658.  Voyage de M. Levaillant, dans l’Interieur de l’Afrique, 1780-85.  Paris, 2 vols. 8vo.

659.  Second Voyage, 1783-1785.  Paris, 3 vols. 8vo.—­These Travels, which have been translated into English, possess a wonderful charm in the narrative, attained, however, too often by the sacrifice of plain and unadorned truth, to the love of romance and effect.  Notwithstanding this drawback, Levaillant’s Travels are valuable for the light they throw on the natural history of the South of Africa.

660.  Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, 1772-1776.  By Sparman, 1785. 2 vols. 4to.—­This work was originally published in Swedish; it is interesting, not only on account of the valuable information it conveys on natural history, especially botany, and on the manners, &c. of the people, but likewise for the perseverance and zeal with which Sparman, without friends, assistance, and almost without pecuniary assistance, forced his way into remote and barbarous districts.

661.  Barrows Travels into the interior of Southern Africa, 1797-1798. 4to. 2 vols.  Very few writers of travels have possessed such a variety and extent of information, both political and scientific, as Mr. Barrow; hence these volumes are acceptable and instructive to all classes of readers, and have attained a celebrity not greater than they deserve.  In Mr. Barrow’s voyage to Cochin China, there is some information respecting the Cape, especially an account of a journey to the Booshuana nation.  In Thunberg’s voyage to Japan, there is also much information on the geography, natural history, manners, &c. of the South of Africa.

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