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DOUVILLE, Jean Baptiste. Atlas du voyage au Congo et dans interieur de l'Afrique equinoxiale [fait dans les annees 1828, 1829, et 1830] par -----. Secretaire de la societe de geographie pour 1832 et membre de .... Paris: Chez Jules Renouard Libraire Rue de Tournon No. 6 et Chez l'auteur Rue du Bac No. 77; 1832. Small folio, (ii), title leaf, table of contents leaf, large fold-out map, 20 full page lithographs with 13 having hand-coloring, (ii). Paper covered cloth boards, leather spine gilt title. FIRST edition. $1575.00
Ex-library with nice title-page stamp and small blind-stamps on the plates. Binding in poor condition with hinges cracked. Very light foxing on some pages. Plates 5 and 6 bound out of order with # 6 printed on slightly cream-colored stock and on larger paper which is tattered at the fore-edge. Two minor unobtrusive doodles on plate 7: a cheroot added to the male figure and a few squiggles to the cache-sexe of the female (see last photo below.) Black ink smudge to the margin of plate 9. The above litany notwithstanding, a very good copy of a rare and great atlas. We do not, alas, have the text volume.
A fascinating view of Africa in the early 19th century (and an 'incunable' of lithography as well!) lacking the racist depictions common with almost all later endeavors.
The image below has two ink marks, a cigar in the man's mouth and a mark on the woman's cache sexe.
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