the material culture of ethiopia.
LEFEBVRE, Théophile. Voyage en Abyssinie exécute pendant les années 1839, 1840, ... 1843 ... Album historique, ethnologique et archéologique. Paris, Arthus Bertrand, c. 1845.
Large folio. Contemporary morocco-backed pebble-grained cloth boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt; pp. , 54 (of 57) plates (14 engraved, the others in lithography, tinted and mostly hand-coloured and heightened with eggwhite, 3 folding panoramas); binding a little worn; internally, apart from a few spots here and there, and repaired tears along plate margins of a few plates due to strong impression, a good copy of an extremely rare collection of plates.
First edition. This is the ethnographic and architecural atlas volume of a rarely complete publication; the result of Lefebvre's scientific expedition to Ethiopia. Lefebvre, a navy officer, learned Amharic in Cairo before travelling to Ethiopia with the zoologist Antoine Petit and the botanist Léon Richard Quartin-Dillon in the team. The publication of the results of this expedition, 3 atlas and 6 text volumes, has never appeared complete on the antiquarian market, neither have the atlas volumes appeared together. The plates are among the most accurate and beautiful depictions of Ethiopians (including named portraits of civil servants and dignitaries), their costumes, landscape, implements, weapons and dwellings before the photographic era.
Gay 2653. Fumagalli 189 b. Henze III, 175.