The Cape of Adventure: Strange and Notable Discoveries, Perils, Shipwrecks, Battles Upon Sea and Land

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Kessinger Publishing, May 1, 2005 - Fiction - 540 pages
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1912. Being strange and notable discoveries, perils, shipwrecks, battles upon sea and land, with pleasant and interesting observations upon the country and the natives of the Cape of Good Hope extracted from the writings of the early travelers, with numerous illustrations. From the Introduction: My book-if I can call it my book, when it is all composed by hands long dead-is the result of desultory reading, chiefly in those old volumes to which Leibbrandt so lovingly introduced me. I might call it a hortus siccus, by no means scientific or complete, a collection of specimens culled almost at haphazard from the neglected classics of the Cape of Good Hope. I know that the few who are familiar with these books will complain of many omissions; but my answer is first, that I could not give everything, even if there were a dozen volumes to fill; and second, that my design was merely to offer the reader a few samples, not long nor even representative of all the old writers, but showing the quality of the best, so as to tempt him perhaps into reading them for himself. Due to the age and scarcity of the original we reproduced, some pages may be spotty or faded.

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