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An early account of Timbuktu by an American sailor

[ADAMS, Robert (= Benjamin ROSE)]. Jongste en echte berigten betrekkelijk Tombuctoo en eenige andere nog onbezochte deelen der binnenlanden van Afrika.
Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp en Zoon, 1818. 8vo. With a folding engraved map (30.5 x 37.5 cm) of North Africa with the routes of Mungo Park and Robert Adams highlighted in colour. Contemporary boards. VI, 353, [1 blank] pp. Full description
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Adventurous journey to Ceylon, including descriptions of Terceira, St. Helena and survival on Mauritius after a shipwreck

[AERTSBERGUE?]. A voyage to the island of Ceylon: on board a Dutch Indiaman, in the year M.DCC.XLVII. Containing a succinct relation of the productions, trade, and inhabitants of that place. Together with some account of St. Helena and other islands ...
London, for Joseph Bouquet, 1754. 8vo. Modern wrappers. [4], 24 pp. Full description
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Jamestown on the island Saint Helena, seen in 1805, painted in oils on brass

[SAINT HELENA]. [BELLASIS, George Hutchins, after]. [Jamestown, Saint Helena, seen from the sea in 1805].
[Place of production unknown, ca. 1815? after an 1806 print]. Oil painting on a thin brass plate (11.5 x 15.5 cm) showing the town of Jamestown on the island Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, with 2 ships and a smaller sailboat in the bay before the town, the fortress on the promontory to the left, the houses, governor's residence and church in the centre with the valley and mountains behind. In an ebonized wooden frame and gilt inner frame (24 x 27.5 cm). Full description
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"The first authoritative and detailed account of the West Coast of Africa"

BOSMAN, Willem. Voyage de Guinée, contenant une description nouvelle & très-exacte de cette côte où l'on trouve & où l'on trafique l'or, les dents d'elephant, & les esclaves: ...
Utrecht, Antoine Schouten, 1705. Large 12mo (17 x 10 cm). With an engraved author's portrait, an engraved frontispiece and 27 folding engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards. [16], 520 pp. Full description
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The botany, geology and geography of Madeira, edited and illustrated by a pioneering female naturalist
and annotated by Cuvier and Von Humboldt

BOWDICH, Thomas Edward, Sarah BOWDICH LEE (editor), George CUVIER and Alexander VON HUMBOLDT (annotators). Excursions dans les isles de Madère et de Porto-Santo, faites dans l'automne de 1827, pendant son troisième voyage en Afrique, ... Ouvrage traduite de l'Anglais et accompagné de notes de M. le Baron Cuvier et de M. le Baron de Humboldt.
Paris, F.G. Levrault, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo (text) and 4to (plates). With 22 lithographed plates (3 double-page and 4 hand-coloured), most of them drawn and lithographed by Sarah Bowdich. Modern half morocco; the text volume with the original publisher's wrappers bound in. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 447 pp. Full description
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The first European to visit Timbuktu

CAILLIÉ, René-Auguste. Dagverhaal eener reize naar Temboektoe, van de westkust af van Afrika, door de binnenlanden, over Jenné, Kabra, Arawan en vele andere opmerkelijke plaatsen, de groote woestijn door, op Tanger... Uit het Fransch overgebragt door Herman van Lil.
Haarlem, widow A. Loosjes, 1831. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and an engraved author's portrait by D. and A. Veelvaard, and a large folding map (41.5 x 28.5 cm) after E.F. Jomard. Contemporary half cloth. XVI, 496; [4], 622 [= 582] pp. Full description
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Clapperton's expedition in search of the course of the Niger

CLAPPERTON, Hugh and Richard LANDER. Reis in de binnenlanden van Afrika, ... gedurende de jaren 1825, 1826 en 1827: benevens het reisverhaal van Richard Lander.
Rotterdam, widow J. Allart ( printed by Gebr. Giunta d'Albani, The Hague), 1830-1831. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. With aquatint portrait of the author, folding lithographed map (47 x 55 cm) showing the routes of the expedition and a folding map of the "Kouarra" (Niger) river. Mid 19th-century tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled. [4], IV, [2], 285, [3 blank]; [4] 265, [1] pp. Full description
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Description of African tribes on the Gold Coast, with a view of Elmina (Ghana)

CRUICKSHANK, Brodie. Achttien jaren aan de Goudkust. Uit het Engelsch vertaald en met ene inleiding vermeerderd door D.P.H.J. Weijtingh.
Amsterdam, Weijtingh & Van der Haart, 1855. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a large folding lithographed view of Fort Coenraadsburg at Elmina. Contemporary half red morocco, marbled sides, title-label. XV, 251, [1 blank]; XIV, 208 pp. Full description
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Imaginary voyage around the world, nicely bound copy from the Huth library

DRALSÉ DE GRANDPIERRE. Relation de divers voyages faits dans l'Afrique, dans l'Amérique, & aux Indes Occidentales. La description du Royaume de Juda, & quelques particularitez touchant la vie du roy reignant. La relation d'une isle nouvellement habitée dans le détroit de Malaca en Asie, & l'histoire de deux princes de Golconde.
Paris, Claude Jombert, 1718. 12mo. With some woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary gold-tooled polished calf, spine richly decorated with floral ornaments in compartments and with dark brown morocco labels lettered in gold, triple filets on boards, gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. [12], 352 pp. Full description
€ 9,500
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