Camp at Modder Key. (going out in the morning). The Bontibok Flats.
[London: Ackermann & Co., 1841.]
Coloured lithograph. Image 150 x 210mm (6 x ľ". Trimmed from a larger sheet.
A self-portrait of the author reaching for his gun having spotted some antelope to kill. It was published in Captain Henry Butler's 'South African Sketches: Illustrative of the wild life of a hunter on the Frontier of the Cape Colony'. Captain Henry Butler, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, was posted to South Africa with the 27th or Inniskilling Regiment of Foot. In 1837 and 1838 he travelled to the hunting grounds of the Bontebok Flats (between the Klipplaats and Windvogel Rivers in Eastern Cape Province, about eighty miles north of King Williamís Town). He returned to England in 1839 and in 1841, the year of publication, he transferred to the 59th Regiment, promoted to Captain. His book appears to be a vanity publication, accounting for its rarity, containing only the lithographed title, 15 plates and 15 pages of text. His only other publication was an article in the New Monthly Magazine.
Abbey Travel: 336.
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