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A 200-year-old volume of art work that gave Briton's their first look at the country of South Africa has surfaced. <br />
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Natural history painter Samuel Daniell became one of the first to depict the African country while on an expedition there at the turn of the 19th century. <br />
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His raw, almost photographic, paintings were shipped back to the UK to offer westerners a before unseen window into South Africa. <br />
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The stunning works, which were done before the dawn of photography, picture wild animals and native peoples against the rugged backdrop of the the country's Atlantic coast. <br />
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This first edition copy has been in private ownership in South Africa for the past century but will be sold on February 1 by Bonhams auctioneers. <br />
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It is thought to be worth up to £25,000.