Dutch AfricaJan Simon Gerardus Gramberg. Schetsen van Afrika's Westkust. Amsterdam: Weijting & Brave, 1861.
First edition. Octavo. , 380 pages. With lithographed title page with colored vignette (Ennimir Koning van Oost-Wassa) and seven of eight folding colored lithograph views by C.A.A. Last after J.S.G. Gramberg. A photocopy of the missing plate - "Kleederdragt der Fantijnen" is laid-in. Original plates include "Kasteel St. George en Fort Coenraadsburg te Elmina"; "Fort William, Vuurtoren te Cape Coast"; "Eene Factorij aan de Slavenkust"; "Slangenhuis of Fetiche-Tempel"; "Plantage 'Gramberg' aan de Bossum-Prah Rivier"; "For Batenstein te Boutrij"; and "Amantin, Residentie des Konings van Wassa." Text in Dutch.
Original blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt vignette on the front board and titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Skillfully rebacked with the original spine laid down. Textblock sound with occasional light scattered foxing. Lower margins of folding plates stained but does not affect the image. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. In general, a very good copy.
Gramberg was the first European settler in Guinea to own a plantation. His account provides a description of the country, including topography, as well as anecdotes of his travels in the primarily Dutch portions of the country. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.
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