24 tinted lithographs & 6 single-page engraved charts, sheets c.360 x 555mm (14 x 21¾"); 3 double-page engraved maps, sheets 555 x 720mm (21¾ x 28¼"). Some wear to all plates.
A collection of plates from the 'Voyage à la côte orientale d'Afrique exécuté pendant les années 1846, 1847 et 1848 par le brick Le Ducouëdic sous le commandement de M. Guillain'. Charles Guillain (1808-75) was sent to explore commercial prospects down the east coast of Africa, dealing with the Omani Arabs who controlled the coast from the Horn south to Zanzibar. He also recorded the geography, hydrography and the ethnology of these lands, making great use of an early camera: he persuaded the local tribesmen and women to pose for him, creating some of the oldest photographic portraits of Africans. His daguerreotypes, now in the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, have been called 'incunabula in the history of photography'. The eighteen portrait plates, containing over 50 separate photographs, include Abyssinians, Somalis, Swahili, and Omani and Zanzibar Arabs. The maps include double-page chart the Indian Ocean and the island of Mombasa, and single-page charts of Zanzibar and the environs of Mombasa.
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