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Author
GAMITTO, Antonio Candido Pedroso (Major).
Title
O Muata Cazembe...
Published
Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional, 1854.
Description
8vo. Contemporary half roan, spine is ribbed and gilt, with gilt title, blue sprinkled edges. With 22 hand coloured lithographed plates and a folding lithographed map (45 x 28 cm) outlined in colour with the itinerary. XXV, 501, (2) pp. Rare FIRST EDITION of an important travel account on the Portuguese expedition under Major Jose Maria Correa Monteiro towards the kingdom of Cazembe (now Zambia). Beautifully illustrated with hand coloured plates depicting Africans from different peoples, landscape views and artefacts. It contains much information on the natives of Portuguese South-East Africa, together with a description of a journey from Tete to Lunda in the years 1831 and 1832. Antonio Candido Pedroso Gamitto (1806-1866) was appointed second-in-command of an expedition in order to establish a trade route through the Kazembe kingdom, connecting the Angolese-Portuguese territories in the west and Mozambique in the east. A good copy, with library stamp on title.- (Spine slightly discoloured, boards scuffed and worn in places, corners bumped, hinges cracked, some foxing). Purple stamp to title page.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Frontispiece. O Muata cazembe vestido de gran de Galla.
2. Uraro ou Ponte dos Maraves.
3. Forja dos Maraves.
4. Marave no acto de disparar a flexa.
5. Virgem Marave conduzindo a Mexira.
6. Mulher Marave ornada com todos os infeites, fumando, tendo parado no trabalho da Cultura.
7. Nhumbas ou Cazas dos Maraves.
8. Marave tomando o Moave.
9. Tumbuca conduzindo uma carga.
10. Lacos para a Caca.
11. Muiza vestido com a Nhanda e ornado com o Chinguengue.
12. Muiza vestido com a Nhanda e ornado com o Chinguengue e com outro enfeite.
13. Muiza vestido com a Nhanda e ornado com Mabanduas.
14. Grande Audiencia do Muata Cazembe.
15. Imbirebire / Gomati / Poucue / Mondo / Clincufo.
16. Cazembe ou Lunda com o Pocue dezembainhado, e com o cabello atado antes de penteado.
17. Tangedor de Clincufo.
18. Cidade de Lunda. (plan)
19. Lunda ou Cazembe com arco e Azagaija.
20. Lunda ou Cazembe com escudo e Azagaija; epenteado a seu modo.
21. Rua de Lunda / Cazas dos Lundas.
22. Muemba armado, e em marcha.
23. Itinerario de Tete a Lunda. (folding map)
References
Mendelssohn I, p.586; not in Gay.
Hand coloured plates
23
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
Africa, Culture/Lifestyle, Travel/Scenery
Value
$5,001-25,000
Stock ID
1108