Uncut in Original Boards With Seven Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
BOWDICH, Thomas Edward. Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee. with a Statistical Account of that Kingdom, and Geographical Notices of Other Parts of the Interior of Africa. London: John Murray , 1819.
First edition. Quarto (11 5/16 x 9 inches; 288 x 227 mm). viii, [2], 512 pp. Complete with half-title. Two engraved maps (including folding frontispiece map), folding engraved Arabic Circular plate, seven hand-colored aquatint plates (including two folding) containing ten views, wood-engraved “Ichonographical Sketch,” and three leaves of engraved music. Text watermarked 1817 and 1818, engraved map watermarked 1818.

Uncut in the original boards, original printed paper spine label. Minor offsetting from second map. Contemporary owner's declaration on front free endpaper (dated 1820). Head of the spine with a small repair. Slight extremity and joint wear. Paper spine label with a small chip. Cloth clamshell case. With previous owners book plate on inside of the case. A superb copy; tall, clean and uncut.

“The work in which he records the results of his Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee (1819) was received with enthusiasm, and his account of a people hitherto unknown and their ‘warlike barbaric splendour’ excited widespread interest."

Abbey, Travel, 279. Tooley 95.

HBS # 64969 $8,500

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