Auction 353 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects
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MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- BENOIT, P.J. Voyage à Surinam. Description des possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane. Bruss., Société des Beaux-Arts, 1839. 76 pp. W. tinted lithogr. front. and 99 ills. on 49 tinted lithogr. plates by Madou and Lauters after the author's drawings. Fol. Loose in sheets (uncut, before binding). Stored in mod. hcl. box. (Without preface, some text-pp. slightly browned, a few marg. repairs, but a rather clean copy without the usual foxing and uncut).

Pierre Jacques Benoit (1782-1854), initially trained as a jeweler and goldsmith, visited the Dutch colony of Suriname in 1830, by then one of the centers of the slave trade. During his time in Suriname, he explored the coastal city of Paramaribo as well as the tropical interior, including the Jewish independent town of Savanna. Along the way, he produced dozens of drawings and paintings depicting architecture, plantations, slaves, and local rites, rituals, and customs. The handsome tinted lithographed plates present a graphic view of Guyana and Guyanese life. Included are views of Paramaribo, villages, public buildings, markets, plantation houses, dances, games, festivals, a funeral procession, costume, washing, billiard-playing, dwelling interiors, Indian utensils, jungle scenes, natural history plates, &c. There is also a depiction of a slave auction. - Sabin 4737; Muller, Cat. of books on America, 146; Suriname-cat. UBA 580a.

€ 600

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