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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. [4], 1-69, [3], 75-76, [2] pp.
€ 3,000
First edition of a richly illustrated work on Surinam by the Belgian artist Pierre Jacques Benoit (1782-1854), who travelled to Surinam in 1830, with all the illustrations printed on China paper. 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 European 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.
Some occasional foxing and spotting. Spine restored. Overall in good condition. Muller, America 1460; Sabin 4737; Suriname-cat. UBA 0508a.
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