The Importance of the Cape of Good Hope,
As a Colony to Great Britain, Independently of the Advantages it Possesses as a Military and Naval Station, and the Key to Our Territory Possession of India.
By Fisher, Richard Barnard
London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1816, First hardbound edition. 3rd (and best) edition with additions. 8vo ‚Äď 22.7cm. [xxiv], 190 pp. Fold-out hand-colored aquatint frontispiece, fold-out hand-colored plan in outline. Original boards re-backed with original spine laid down and original endpapers. A very clean and complete copy with no foxing and pages untrimmed.
‚ÄúThe first two editions of the work were issued in pamphlet form, and the present volume possesses additions to the letterpress of earlier productions. Fisher was of the opinion that the Hottentots had ‚Äėno language‚Äô and that the few words they pronounced were either Portuguese or Dutch. Fisher complains that there were no taverns, hotels, or even shops in Cape Town, and draws a by no means favorable picture of it inhabitants, who he says, have ‚Äėa most inordinate sense of pride‚Äô while ‚Äėthey seem to pride themselves on their dexterity in imposition, and none suffer so much from it as English military and navy. He also quotes Barrow as saying ‚Äėthat the inanity of their minds and the indolent habit of their bodies are not even surmounted by self-interest,‚Äô and reference is made to the extreme brutality displayed by the ‚ÄúAfricans‚ÄĚ (Afrikanders) to their slaves. There is an article on the wines of the colony, and others having reference to the trade in dried fruits, ostrich feathers, ivory, &c. Under the title ‚ÄėFurther Considerations,‚Äô many suggestions are made for the betterment of the government of the colony‚Ä¶‚Äô Mendelssohn Volume 1. Pp. 547.