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First edition of a richly illustrated account of Surinam

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 (47.5 x 31 cm). With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary half black morocco, black cloth sides, gold-tooled spine. [4], 1-69, [3], 75-76, [2] pp.
€ 2,750
First edition of a richly illustrated work on Surinam by the Belgian artist Pierre Jacques Benoit (1782-1854), who travelled to Surinam in 1830. The lively plates include topographic views, botanical, ethnographic and zoological subjects, and scenes from the lives of the indigenous American Indians, African-Americans and the colonists. The plates are preceded by an historical survey of Surinam, covering the population and their customs, rituals and objects, commerce, topography and geography, plantations, etc.
Binding worn around the edges, some foxing and spotting throughout, but overall in good condition. Muller, America 1460; Sabin 4737; Suriname-cat. UBA 0508a.
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