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Ethnography of the Xhosa people of South Africa
with the very rare album with four attractive hand-coloured aquatints

ALBERTI, Lodewyk and Ludwig Gottlieb PORTMAN. [Drop-title:] Zuid-Afrikaansche gezichten.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, [1810]. Oblong 1mo (45 x 60 cm). Letterpress text leaf and 4 large aquatint plates coloured by a contemporary hand, engraved by Ludwig Gottlieb Portman after drawings by Jacob Smies and Christopher Howen. Contemporary stiff, marbled paper wrappers, kept in a modern green half morocco clamshell box.
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(2) ALBERTI, Lodewyk.
De Kaffers aan de zuidkust van Afrika, natuur en geschiedkundig beschreven.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1810. 8vo. With engraved title-page, aquatint folding plan, with coastal view, of Algoa Bay, and 2 stipple-engraved plates, all but the title-page coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf; rebacked, with new endpapers.
(3) ALBERTI, Lodewyk. Description physique et historique des Cafres, sur la côte méridionale de l'Afrique ...
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1811. 8vo. With the same plan and 2 plates as ad. 2, also coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 25,000
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Richly illustrated account of Surinam, with the lithographs printed on China paper

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme & Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio. With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. All the lithographs printed on China paper and mounted on blank leaves. Contemporary black half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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Richly illustrated account of Surinam

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme et Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio. With a tinted lithographed frontispiece, a small wood engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary black half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,750
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French expedition to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific,with 60 lithographed plates

DUMONT D'URVILLE, Jules Sébastien César. Entdeckungs-Reise der französischen Corvette Astrolabe unternommen auf Befehl König Karls X. in den Jahren 1826-1827-1828-1829.
Schaffhausen, J. Brodtmann, [ca. 1840]. 2 parts in 1 volume (text and plates). Folio.  With a lithographed title-page and 60 lithographed plates. Modern green half morocco, original boards. Full description
€ 4,950
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Mexico in the 1880s, with atlas volume including 13 chromolithographed maps and 1 general map of Mexico

GARCIA CUBAS, Antonio. Cuadro geográfico, estadístico, descriptivo é histórico de los estados unidos Mexicanos. Obra que sirve de texto al Atlas pintoresco.
Including: Atlas Pintoresco e Historico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos.
México, Fomento & Debray, 1885. 2 volumes. 8vo and oblong large folio (64.5 x 82 cm). With 2 folding tables and 2 full-page plates in the text volume and in the atlas 13 chromolithographed maps (52 x 69 cm), and a full-page chromolithographed map of Mexico at the end. Contemporary black cloth with gold lettering on front board (text); contemporary red half morocco, title and ornaments in gold on spine (atlas).
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€ 11,000
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Rare complete set including the atlas, of a monumental work on Indochina

GARNIER, Francis, Louis DELAPORTE, Eugene JOUBERT and Clovis THOREL. Voyage d'exploration en Indo-Chine effectué pendant les années 1866, 1867 et 1868 par une commission française présidée par M. le capitaine de frégate Doudart de Lagrée et publié par les ordres du ministre de la marine…
Paris, Hachette & Co (back of half-title: printed by Corbeil), 1873. 2 text volumes (4to) and 1 atlas volume (folio; 2 parts in 1 vol.). With hundreds of wood engravings in text, 17 chromoxylographed maps, 36 tinted lithographed plates and 11 chromolithographed plates. Volume 1 in modern red half morocco, gilt edges. Volume 2 in contemporary half morocco, gilt edges. Atlas volume in modern red half morocco. Full description
€ 20,000
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Hand-coloured engraved map showing the rivers of Germany and the Low Countries

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. Hydrographia Germaniae qua geographiae naturalis ea pars quae de aquis celebrioribus praesertim vero de fluminibus Germaniae agit...
Nuremberg, Johann Baptist Homann, [ca. 1710?]. Engraved map (48.5 x 58 cm) on a whole sheet of paper (53 x 63.5 cm), coloured in an early hand, with the title in an illustrated cartouche with Neptune and other mythological figures at lower left, an illustrated cartouche at upper left with a coat of arms, and a scale (ca. 1:2,400,000) in the margins. Full description
€ 200
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First edition of Livingstone's account of his first mission to southern Africa,
with 27 plates, including the first published view of Victoria Falls

LIVINGSTONE, David. Missionary travels and researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years' residence in the interior of Africa, and a journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the west coast; thence across the continent, down the river Zambesi, to the eastern ocean.
London, John Murray (back of title-page: W. Clowes and sons), 1857. 8vo. With a folding tinted lithographed plate as frontispiece, a wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, a lithographed portrait of Livingstone, 20 lithographed plates, 2 tinted lithographed plates, a folding lithographed plate with a geological cross section, a lithographed folding map of southern Africa, a lithographed folding map pasted on cloth, with Livingstone's route from west to east Africa highlighted in red, and many wood-engraved illustrations in text. Original publisher's blind-blocked brown cloth. Full description
€ 1,350
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“The finest general atlas produced in the U.S.” in the early 19th-century,
with 98 large and detailed hand-coloured maps

LUCAS, Fielding, junior. A general atlas containing distinct maps of all the known countries in the world.
Baltimore, Fielding Lucas junior, 1823. Small 1mo (39.5 x 31 cm). With an engraved title-page with an allegorical vignette, a letterpress table of contents, a hand-coloured frontispiece view, the same view in outline and uncoloured, a letterpress table giving heights of the mountains and other features in the facing view, an engraved and partly hand-coloured schematic image of rivers of the world, and 98 hand-coloured maps including 13 double-page. Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled red sheepskin. Full description
€ 18,000
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