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Journal on Namaqualand

The Library of Trinity College Dublin acquired this 'Dagh Register', or journal, in 1802 as part of the library of Baron Hendrik Fagel. Its significance was not fully appreciated until 1932 when Gilbert Waterhouse, professor of German at Trinity College, published his edition of the journal.

The 72 drawings accompanying van der Stel's report are thought to have been executed by Hendrik Claudius, a Silesian apothecary employed by the Company to document natural history. The first image in the journal is a general view of the Copper Mountains, with van der Stel's camp in the centre. There is also one illustration of two Namaqua individuals. The remaining drawings depict animals, birds, reptiles, plants, insects and fish.

Shelfmark: TCD MS 984

Jane Maxwell

Dr Jane Maxwell has worked for many years as an Archivist and Manuscripts Curator in the Department of Manuscripts & Archives. She has published, lectured, and curated exhibitions on subjects as diverse as the lives of 18th-century Irish women, and the literary archives of Samuel Beckett.