The Narrative and Journal of Gerald McKiernan In South West Africa, 1874 – 1879. Edited, with Introduction, Notes and Map, by Dr. P. Serton.
Cape Town, The Van Riebeeck Society, 1954. 14 cm x 21.5 cm. Frontispiece, 197 pages. 5 illustrations including frontispiece. Fold-out map at rear detailing McKiernan’s travels in the region. Hardcover [publisher’s original grey cloth] with lettering on spine. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. [Van Riebeeck Society Series – 35]
Includes, for example, the following: Introduction / Narrative of Five Years’ Travel in South Africa, June 1874 to April 1879 / Continuation of Narrative of Travel in Africa, From June 9th 1876 / Diary of Gerald McKiernan Kept while in South Africa, 1877-79 / From Omorur to the Junction of the Okovango and Shoshongo Rivers etc.
Consists of a narrative of the American trader and U.S. Civil War veteran’s five years of travel through South West Africa prior to German colonisation. Interesting contemporary details of the native Khoikhoi (‘Hottentot’) people of the region as well as the Boers.
Detailed footnotes made by the editor, Dr. Serton, professor of geography at Stellenbosch University.
The object Van Riebeeck Society For The Publication of South African Historical Documents was to print, or reprint, for distribution among the members and for sale to the public, rare and valuable books, pamphlets and documents relating to the history of South Africa. Established in 1918, it is now known as Historical Publications Southern Africa. (Source: ‘About Us’ Historical Publications Southern Africa).