[1930s MAURITIUS] HALBWACHS, Roger (photographer). Maurice - Les monuments; les jardins; les cotes. [no imprint], circa 1930.
Landscape large 8vo.; 3 volumes; strikingly bound in pictorial ribbed paper wrappers in peach, green and blue, stamped in colours in Art Deco style, each with a coloured cord tie to spine; each volume with 12 photogravure plates (36 in total), all printed in sepia and interleaved with tissues; a pretty set with some external dusting, slight marking, nicking to edges, and one short closed edge tear (3cm) now expertly and invisibly repaired.
An attractive group of tourist souvenirs from the Golden Age of travel, depicting the buildings, gardens, and coastline of Mauritius.
The nation state of Mauritius comprises a group of islands which lie 2,000 kilometres off the south-eastern coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean. In 1810 Mauritius became a British Crown Colony when it was wrested from the French with the invasion of Isle de France. British rule ended in 1968 when Mauritius gained its independence. The capital, Port Louis, where the majority of the population is concentrated, is on the main island, Mauritius. Tourism represents a significant part of the country's economy and visitors are principally lured there by the beauty of its natural environment, the tropical climate, and its beaches.