With Seven Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
T[homas] Edward Bowdich. Mission from Cape Coast
Castle to Ashantee, with a Statistical Account of that
Kingdom, and Geographical Notices of Other Parts of the Interior of
Africa. London: John Murray, 1819.
First edition. Quarto. [iii]-viii, , 512 pp. Bound without half-title. Two engraved maps (including folding frontispiece map), folding engraved facsimile, seven hand-colored aquatint plates (including two folding) containing ten views, wood-engraved "Ichonographical Sketch," and three leaves of engraved music. Text watermarked 1817 and 1818.
Contemporary diced calf boards, bordered in gilt and blind, rebacked in calf to style, in compartments with five raised bands and gilt tooling and lettering. Original marbled edges, modern marbled endpapers. Some light browning and offsetting from the plates. Some foxing and browning to maps. Paper repair to rear of one folding plate. A very good copy.
"The work in which he records the results of his Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee (1819) was received with enthusiasm, and his account of a people hitherto unknown and their 'warlike barbaric splendour' excited widespread interest.
Abbey, Travel, 279. Tooley 95.
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