[London: F.C. Moon, 1852.]
Tinted lithograph, very scarce. Two sheets joined, as usual, total printed area 280 x 845mm, 11 x 33½. Spotting in margins.
A view of Lake Assal, a crater lake with salt water in the Great Rift Valley, Djibouti, an important source of salt for the neighbouring tribes. This is the only two-sheet view in Johann Martin Bernatz's 'Scenes in Ethiopia', lithographed by Leopold Rottman. Bernatz was the official artist to the embassy of Major William Cornwallis Harris, sent in 1841 to open up trade with the ancient kingdom of Shoa.
Pankhurst: 'This collection of coloured plates comprises the first scenes of Shawa ever produced and are of a high quality'.
[Ref: 26317] £420.00