De Beschryving van De Kaap de Goede Hoop, door Peter Kolbe.Te Amsterdam, by Balthazar Lakeman. MDCCXXVII.
Engraving with very large margins. Library stamp Essex Institute top right off image. Plate 286 x 171mm (11¼ x 6¾"). Slight foxing.
Frontispiece to "Naaukeurige beschryving van de kaap de Goede Hoop", with various animals and other references to the contents of the work. Peter Kolbe (1675-1726) was sent to South Africa with a mission to provide information about the country and to do astronomical and surveying research. First published in Germany in 1719 as Caput Bonae Spei Hodiernum, the book 'professes to be a complete account of the Cape Colony and its inhabitants'. This is the frontispiece from the Dutch edition, published in Amsterdam in two volumes in 1727.
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