SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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ALBERTI, Lodwyk.
De Kaffers aan de Zuidkust van Afrika, Natuur en Geschiedkundig besehreven door Lodewyk Alberti.

Amsterdam: E. Maaskamp, 1810.
Bobins 68; Landwehr 218; Mendelssohn / Kennedy.
Amsterdam: E. Maaskamp, 1810.

Original octavo, quarter calf with marbled boards, flat bands in gilt to spine, black leather label and title in gilt to spine; bookplates of 'Jacob de Villiers' & 'Norman R Bobins' to front pastedown and front end paper; boards lightly rubbed and worn some foxing throughout. 2 octavo plates and folding plan. Alberti accompanied Gen. J.W. Janssens when he travelled to the Cape as Governor of the Colony under the Batavian Republic in 1802. Alberti was a Captain in the 5th Battalion of the Corps de Waldeck, and the next year was sent to Fort Frederick in Algoa Bay, where he took direction of affairs relating to the Kaffirs and Hottentots, and acted as landrost. The original drawings were done on the spot by Baron de Howen and worked up by Smies in Amsterdam and then engraved and aquatinted by Portman. Howen was a Russian officer of artillery, obviously a gifted amateur and Jacob Smies, known chiefly as a caricaturist was employed to give the work professional polish. Coloured plates in order: 1. Plan van het Etablishement aan de Algoa-Baai / Gezigt van de Afrikaansche Kust bij de Algoa-Baai. 2. Een Kaffer en Kafferin. 3. Knoda gevegi der Kaffers.