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LE VAILLANT, Francois.
Voyage de M. Le Vaillant dans l'interieur de L'Afrique par Le Cap de Bonne Esperance...
Paris: Chez Leroy, Rue Saint-Jacques, 1790.
2 vols. in one. Large 4to. Original calf, spine gilt in compartments with black morocco title label lettered in gold, triple fillet line along the board edges of both sides, marbled endpapers. boards rubbed and scuffed, corners slightly damaged and bumped. Bookplate affixed to front free endpaper. With engraved frontispiece of a camp in the Namaquois region, two folding plates with a view on Cape of Good Hope and of another camp at Pampoen-kraal, and 9 full-page plates of native people (a male (2) and female (3) Hottentot, a male and female kaffir, and a male and female giraffe, numbered I-VIII, VIII), all 9 plates coloured by hand. Le Vaillant was born in Dutch Guiana in 1753, and after being educated in Europe, went to Paris to study natural history. Whilst there he met Mr. Tremminck, Treasurer of the Dutch East India Company, who enabled him to fulfil his ambition and make for the Cape.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Le Hottentot (male).
2. La Hottentot (female).
3. Narina, Jeune Gonaquoise (female).
4. Hottentot, Gonaquoi (male).
5. Le Caffre (male).
6. Femme Caffre.
7. Hottentote (female).
8. Girafe, Male.
9. Girafe, Femmelle.
Mendelssohn 1, p. 889; Not in Abbey; Bobins I 102 (second edition, 22 plates 1795-6).
Hand coloured plates
18th Century & earlier, Africa, Costume
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