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[Madagascar] Entrance to the Palace, Antananarivo.
[Madagascar] Entrance to the Palace, Antananarivo.
S.P. Oliver del 1862.
Lith. Amelot & Co Chaussée
Lithograph and tintstone, scarce, printed area 480 x 325mm (19 x 12¾"). Creasing. Bit messy in title area.
The Rova of Antananarivo, the seventeenth century palace in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, damaged by a fire in 1995 and currently undergoing reconstruction. Lithograph by Samuel Pasfield Oliver (1838 - 1907), geographer and antiquary. Oliver accompanied Major-General Johnstone on a mission to Madagascar in 1862 to congratulate King Radama II on his accession. He spent some months exploring the island, and witnessed the king's coronation at Antananarivo that year. He returned to the island the following year after receiving news of King Radama's assassination. The history and ethnology of the island interested Oliver, and he devoted himself subsequently to a close study of them. In 1866 he published ‘Madagascar and the Malagasy,’ a diary of his first visit to the island, which he illustrated with some spirited sketches. This was followed by an ethnological study in French, ‘Les Hovas et les autres tribus caractéristiques de Madagascar’ (Guernsey, 1869). In ‘The True Story of the French Dispute in Madagascar’ (1885) Oliver passed adverse criticisms on the treatment of the Malagasy by the French colonial officials. Finally his two volumes on ‘Madagascar’ (1886), based on authentic native and European sources, give a detailed and comprehensive account of the island, its history, and its inhabitants.
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[Ref: 47412]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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