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Author
LATROBE, Christian Ignatius, The Rev.
Title
Journal of a Visit to South Africa in 1815, and 1816. With Some Account of the Missionary Settlements of the United Brethren near the Cape of Good Hope.
Published
London: L. B. Seeley, 1818.
Description
viii 1-406. Quarto, re-backed to style with raised bands richly decorated in gilt preserving original burgundy gilt lettered spine labels, original full brown diced calf ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, gilt fore edges. Occasional light foxing a few of the plates with some spoor shading in the margins, the folding map fine, covers lightly rubbed. Illustrated with large folding map at front and sixteen hand coloured full page plates. FIRST EDITION. Christian Ignatius Latrobe (1758-1836) Bishop of the United Brethren was a great traveler to preach the Gospel in several countries especially South Africa. He wrote some religious books in addition to this volume and his letters to his children were published in 1851 after his death. He was a well known composer already at 26 years of age and then became a member of the Eclectic Society founded by John Newton. He composed three Sonatas for the pianoforte which he dedicated to Joseph Haydn and over one hundred vocal works. The plates are done after sketches done by Latrobe in situ and are very attractive and informative. Latrobe visited South Africa on behalf of the Moravians (The United Brethren Church) who had established missions at Groenekloof and Genadendal and were wanting to establish a third mission in the area. His description also covers both the outward and inward journeys.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Missionary House & Church at Groenekloof. Cape of Good Hope.
2. Approach to Gnadenthal, crossing the River Sonderend.
3. Interior of the Church at Gnadenthal.
4. General View of the Missionaries' Premises & part of the Village of Gnadenthal.
5. Mossel Bay, on the Indian Ocean.
6. Kayman's gat. Plettenberg Bay.
7. Trekatackaw, in Plettenberg Bay.
8. The Paerdekop.
9. Encampment at Essenbosch, in the District of Uitenhagen.
10. Interior of the Missionaries' Premises at Gnadenthal.
11. Missionary Settlement at Groenekloof.
12. Distant View of Longwood, St. Helena, across the Devil's Punch-bowl.

** 4 plates are aquatints, but uncoloured, so not listed **
References
Abbey Travel 325. Gay 3117. Mendelsohn I 866. Tooley 292; Bobins I 100.
Hand coloured plates
12 **
Binding/Size
M=4to
Category
Africa, Map, Religious/Christian, Travel/Scenery
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
636