Monday, 23 November 2015

Travels in Southern Africa: William John Burchell

Portrait of William John Burchell by Thomas Herbert Maguire (1854).

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of Burchell's return to Cape Town following his four-year expedition in South Africa. He collected 50 000 species of plants, seeds and bulbs, 10 000 specimens of insects, animal skins, skeletons, and fish, numerous anthropological artifacts, and created 500 drawings during the expedition.

The University of Pretoria recently digitized Burchell's account of this journey, a two-volume work entitled Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa (1822-24) for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.


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