Salt's Voyage to Abyssinia with Thirty-Four Engraved Plates, Including a Hand-Colored Folding Map of AbysinniaHenry Salt. A Voyage to Abyssinia and Travels into the Interior of that Country, Executed under the orders of the British Government, in the years 1809 and 1810; in which are included, An Account of the Portuguese settlements on the East Coast of Africa, visited in the course of the voyage; some particulars respecting the Aboriginal African Tribes, extending from the Mosambique to the borders of Egypt; together with Vocabularies of their Respective Languages. Illustrated with a map of Abyssinia, numerous engravings, and charts. London: F. C. and J. Rivington, 1814.
First edition. Large quarto. xvi, 506, lxxv, [1, blank] pages. With two engraved vignettes and 34 engraved plates, including the folding hand-colored map of Abyssinia, six charts (four of which are folding), and 27 full-page illustrations. Lacking the plate "Chart of Annesley Bay."
Bound in light brown morocco over caramel buckram boards, flat spine stamped in gilt, compartments ruled in blind. Scattered offsetting from plates, otherwise a bright and clean copy.
Perhaps the most striking elements of this first edition of Salt's Voyage to Abyssinia are the numerous charts, including a large hand-colored map of Abysinnia that folds out to 30 x 23 inches. This map has been backed. Equally impressive are the engraved illustrations which comprise representations of the peoples, architecture, flora and fauna, and landscape of Ethiopia in the first decade of the nineteenth century.
Blackmer 1479. Brunet V, 96.
In addition to being a prominent traveler and diplomat of the early nineteenth-century, Englishman Henry Salt (1780-1827) was also an archaeologist of some repute, and an accomplished artist and draughtsman. Salt published A Voyage to Abyssinia five years after his participation in a government-sponsored mission to Ethiopia intended to establish diplomatic relations with Ras Wolde Selassie.
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