Paris: Libraire Ethnographique, 1847.
Quarto, with a total of 55 handcoloured plates (six of which are browned), in publisher's black quarter roan with gilt lettering.
Pacific warriors in brilliant colour
Vibrantly handcoloured mid-nineteenth-century French book on native customs and costumes, with a substantial section treating Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Vibrantly handcoloured mid-nineteenth-century French book on native customs and costumes, with a substantial section treating Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.The book comprises two sections, each separately paginated. The first presents the tribal costumes of Africa; the second treats Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Ten of the full-page colour plates depict the indigenous peoples of the Pacific, including a New Zealand chieftain, a Tongan warrior and the splendid tattooed man of the Marquesas. Particularly striking are the two plates of New Guinea facial piercings, head-dresses and related ornaments. The images are clearly derived from the work of nineteenth century voyage illustrators, including Jacques Arago and Georg Heinrich Langsdorff. Of special interest is the section treating Australia comprising twelve pages with numerous engravings throughout the text. Indeed, the section on Australasia begins with a pleasing Sydney harbour scene with good detail of the foreshore buildings and land under cultivation Six of the vignettes depict Australian Aboriginal social scenes; they are pejorative images derived from the work of Louis de Sainson, official artist of the first voyage of Dumont d'Urville. When the expedition sheltered at King George's Sound in 1826, Sainson prepared a suite of Aboriginal studies, a selection of which are reproduced here as engravings.
Not in Ferguson; O'Reilly Reitman 4415 (recording another imprint of the same year).
Price (AUD): $1,800.00 other currencies Ref: #3205400