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COLENSO, John William | Ten Weeks in Natal , ,


Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1855 

8vo (17cm) (xxxii), (272), 16 pp. With a folding map (The Dioceses of Cape Town, Grahams Town and Natal) and four engraved plates (view of Maritzburg; street in Maritzburg; church mission stations and view of Table Mountain; Maritzburg from the drift of the Little Bushmans River). Rebound in dark brown half morocco over marbled boards,with new pastedowns but retaining the original endpapers. Plates a touched soiled and spotted. A Fine copy, newly rebound.


Presentation copy the author, inscribed on the half-title: “With the Bishop of Natal’s compliments”. The author was the English Bishop of Natal. He arrived at Port Natal in 1854 and began to learn the Zulu language with his efforts resulting in the compilation of a Dictionary and Grammar. Durban at that time had 400 houses and 1,200 white inhabitants. During his tenure, Colenso became embroiled in religious controversy, mainly due to his “liberal” views such as respecting the native practice of polygamy amongst native converts. His views eventually led to his excommunication. However, he continued to support the natives. (DNB) He wrote a number of books on southern Africa.

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