Print with two images 'Hottentot Corn-Threshing from Kolben' and 'Hottentot Marriage from Kolben' 1745-1747

$40.00 CAD

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Images from Southwestern Africa, one showing locals using horses to thresh corn, second of local wedding, with wife (?) standing inside circle of people.

From set of 4-volume travel books, A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels published by Thomas Astley (d. 1759), a bookseller and publisher in London during the 18th century, and compiled by John Green (d. 1757).  This print is from Volume 2, Voyages and travels along the western coast of Africa, 1637-1735. Voyages and travels to Guinea and Benin, 1666-1726. Description of Guinea

'Plate 204, No. 116, Vol 2, p. 414.'

Unmarked, but most likely engraved by G. Child.

Copper engraved print .

Ghosting from adjacent printed text page has seeped into back of image and less so on to front. Small tear at top not affecting image.

20.5 x 23.5 cm


The Khoikhoi ("people people" or "real people") or Khoi, spelled Khoekhoe in standardised Khoekhoe/Nama orthography, are the native pastoralist people of southwestern Africa. They had lived in southern Africa since the 5th century AD. When European immigrants colonised the area after 1652, the Khoikhoi were practising extensive pastoral agriculture in the Cape region, with large herds of Nguni cattle. The Dutch settlers labelled them Hottentots (/ˈhɒtənˌtɒts/), in imitation of the sound of the Khoekhoe language, but this term is today considered derogatory. Archaeological evidence shows that the Khoikhoi entered South Africa from Botswana through two distinct routes—travelling west, skirting the Kalahari to the west coast, then down to the Cape, and travelling south-east out into the Highveld and then southwards to the south coast. Chiefly, the largest group of the Khoikhoi to remain as a group are the Namas.