Rare book opens window on early South Africa

Times Live | Aron Hyman:

When William Burchell’s two-volume Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa was published in 1822 only 500 copies were printed and few have survived in pristine condition. Other copies have sold for R100,000 and the book is sought after for its hand-drawn maps and hand-coloured illustrations depicting a long-lost South Africa. Burchell was the first European to describe many local species of wildlife, including the Burchell’s zebra – commonly seen in South Africa – and the Burchell’s coucal, otherwise known as the vleiloerie… Read more