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"Of the utmost importance for the study of Brazilian life" (Borba de Moraes)

RUGENDAS, Johann Moritz.
Voyage pittoresque dans le Bresil ... Traduit de l'Allemand par Mr. de Golbery.
Paris, Engelmann & Cie., 1835. 4 parts in 1 volume. Imperial folio (54 x 36 cm). With lithographed half-title and title-page showing a wide variety of decorative lettering, 100 full-page lithographed plates by V. Adam, Villeneuve, Bonnington, A. Joly and others after Rugendas, numbered in 4 parts (30, 20, 30, 20). Contemporary half red sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
€ 45,000
Beautifully and extensively illustrated work on the scenery, native inhabitants, colonial activity and slavery in Brazil, by the German-born painter Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). "Of the utmost importance for the study of Brazilian life at the beginning of the 19th century" (Borba de Moraes). The young artist Rugendas was invited to join an expedition to the interior of Brazil by the Russian Consul General Baron Langsdorff in 1821. After four years he left the expedition but he remained in Brazil. In 1825 he was recalled by King Maxmillian Joseph of Bavaria. The present work was published by Engelmann in 1835, when Rugendas was once again travelling in Central and South America. The text was written by V.A. Huber and others based on Rugendas's notes and translated into French by Marie-Philippe-Aimé de Golbéry. The fine plates show views, indigenous peoples in their native dress, and slave plantations.
Head and foot of backstrip damaged and corners bumped; some occasional light foxing and spotting (2 text leaves browned). Good copy of this fabulously illustrated work on Brazil.
Borba de Moraes, p. 754; Colas 2594; Palau 281204; Sabin 73935.
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