Lot 5
  • 5

Angas, George French

7,000 - 10,000 USD
6,875 USD
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  • 'The 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 Cafe Colony'. London: J. Hogarth, 1849
  • Paper, ink, leather
Folio (19 1/2 x 14 in.; 495 x 355mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, title-page, dedication leaf, 35 hand-colored tinted lithographic plates on 30 sheets after Angas, drawn on stone by Angas, J. Needham, A. Laby, B.W. Hawkins, and W. Wing, 11 wood-engraved vignette illustrations; minor spotting occasionally affecting images, minor fingersoiling, plates 18 and 28 with neat marginal repairs. Half black morocco over green cloth covered boards, gilt-title within decorative gilt border to upper board; rebacked with original spine laid down, edges rubbed, corners bumped.


Abbey 'Travel', 339; Colas 134; Gay 3157; Mendelssohn 1:71; Tooley 60

Catalogue Note

"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).

Angas (1822-1886), naturalist and painter, spent about a year in South Africa, having previously visited South Australia and New Zealand. On his return to England, he published 'The Kafirs Illustrated', the descriptive text having been written by Angas himself. He married in 1849 and went out to Australia once again, remaining there for some thirteen years, after which he and his family returned to settle in London.