With Thirty Beautiful Hand-Colored Plates
ANGAS, George French. Kafirs Illustrated. in a Series of Drawings taken among the Amazulu, Amaponda, and Amakosa Tribes; also, Portraits of the Hottentot, Malay, Fingo, and other races inhabiting Southern Africa: Together with Sketches of Landscape Scenery in the Zulu Country, Natal, and the Cape Colony. London: J. Hogarth , [1849].
Large folio (19 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches; 498x 360 mm.). [2], 50, [2] pp. Lithographed frontispiece portrait, lithographed dedication leaf, and thirty hand-colored lithographed plates by G.F. Angas, M. & N. Hanhart, B.W. Hawkins, A. Laby, J. Needham, and W. Wing, after Angas. Eleven wood engravings in the text. Plates heightened in gum arabic.

Contemporary half black straight-grain morocco over green cloth boards. Rebacked using original spine. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Front board with title printed in gilt, within decorative gilt border. Morocco ruled in gilt. Board edges a bit rubbed and corners bumped. Some occasional foxing to plates, but generally light. A small private library sticker on front pastedown. Plate number 18 a bit toned. A very small chip to margin of plate 18, not affecting illustration. A very small closed tear repaired to margin of plate 17, not affecting illustration. Overall a very nice copy with beautiful plates.

"The three large works by George French Angas, the 'Kaffirs', New Zealanders and South Australia are amongst the most important of the illustrated travel books of their period... Of the three works the 'Kaffirs' is the most uncommon" (Tooley).

Abbey, Travel, 339. Colas 134. Mendelssohn p.45. Theal p.9. Tooley 60.

HBS # 68072 $16,500