OATES, FRANK and OATES, C. G., ed. Matabele Land and Victoria Falls. A Naturalist's Wanderings in the Interior of South Africa.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1889. Second edition. Publisher's green pictorial cloth gilt. 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; xlix, 433, 8 pp.; half-title, vignette title page, publisher's Advertisements, 4 folding maps, frontispiece portrait, 14 hand-colored plates, 6 chromolithographed plates, numerous in-text illustrations. Extremities bumped, cloth slightly darkened, bookplates to front pastedown, brief manuscript genealogy of the Oates family tipped in before half-title, blind library stamps to frontispiece and title page. Bookplate of the University of Liverpool states "The Gift of Mrs. Oates."
"...[A]ccompanied by his brother, Mr. W.W. Oates, (he) sailed for South Africa in March 1873. The brothers fitted out their expedition at Maritzburg, and travelled through the Transvaal and Bechuanaland, visiting the Tati district, soon after which Mr W.E. Oates returned to England. Frank Oates proceeded to Bulawayo, and he gives an interesting account of Matabeleland at this period. He was well received by Lobengula, who gave him considerable assistance, but owing to many delays he made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the falls and did not arrive there till the last day of the year 1874; soon after which he was attacked by fever and died on the return journey to Tati early in February 1875. His account of Matabeleland is one of the best of the earlier modern works on the country, and the volume possesses a number of coloured and chromo plates. The appendices contain an article on South African Ethnology by Dr. George Rolleston, and catalogues and descriptions of the ornithological, botanical, and entomological collections formed by Mr. Oates" (Mendelssohn). Mendelssohn II, p. 112.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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