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[A fake expedition to the Congo] Chef Nègre,
[A fake expedition to the Congo] Chef Nègre, (entouré de ses nobles, de quelques unes de ses femmes et de ses filles.) (Possessions Portugaises.)
Dessiné d'après nature par M.r Douveill et lith.é par Nogues. Lith de Engelmann.]
[Paris: Jules Renouard, 1832.]
Rare lithograph. Sheet 250 x 340mm (9¾ x 13½"), with publisher's blind stamp. Slight staining, bottom right corner snipped.
A Congolese chief outside his hut. A plate from 'Voyage au Congo et dans l'interieur de l'Afrique Equinoxiale', three volumes, by Jean Baptiste Douville (1794-1837). A wealthy traveller, Douville visited Luanda in 1828, before returning to Paris in 1831 and claiming to have explored the African interior. On the strength of his account he was awarded the Société de Géographie's third 'Grande Médaille d'Or des Explorations'. He published this account in 1832 but by the end of the year it was established that his involvement was fiction. After his fiancée killed herself because of the scandal, he left France for Brazil where he was murdered in 1837. Sir Richard Burton maintained that the details in the account were credible, but today it is believed that Douvill's chief sources were unpublished Portuguese manuscripts to which he had ready access.
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