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Richly illustrated account of Surinam

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques.
Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme et Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio. With a tinted lithographed frontispiece, a small wood engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary black half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine.
€ 2,750
First edition of a richly illustrated work on Surinam by the Belgian artist Pierre Jacques Benoit (1782-1854), who travelled to Surinam in 1830. The lively plates include topographic views, botanical, ethnographical and zoological subjects, and scenes from the life of the native Indians, the African-Americans and the white colonists. The plates are preceded by a historical survey of Surinam, covering the population and their customs, rituals and objects, commerce, topography and geography, plantations, etc.
Slightly foxed. Binding slightly worn along the extremities. Otherwise in good condition.
Muller, America 1460; Sabin 4737; Suriname-cat. UBA 0508a.
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