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    Voyages Along Africa's East Coast

    Charles Guillain. Documents sur L'Histoire, la Géographie et le Commerce de L'Afrique Orientale. Paris: Arthus Bertrand, [1856-1857].

    First edition. Three octavo volumes. xxxi, 628; xxiii, 556; 527 pages. Errata pages. Map and folding table in Volume I. And one quarto atlas. Lithographs by Bayot, Ciceri, Jacottet, Sabatier, and Vogt, after drawings and daguerreotypes by Caraguel and Bridet. Fifty-four engraved plates of maps, native peoples, and scenes of Africa. Text in French.

    Text volumes in quarter calf over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Corners bumped. Chipping to leather of spine, backstrip of two volumes separating. Joints weak. Rear board broken, holding by single cord. Atlas volume in quarter morocco over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Corners bumped. Rebacked. Bookplates to all four volumes. While it seems likely that the text volumes were married with the atlas at a later date, all four volumes of this important work on the coast of east Africa are rarely offered together. Overall, a very good set.

    Sir Richard Burton, in his Zanzibar, mentions that Captain Guillain's "voyages and a few short inland trips were thought worthy of being published in three bulky volumes." From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Burton, Zanzibar, I, 56. Ibrahim-Hilm I, 280.


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