Lisbon. 1872-1878. Five volumes. 421,; 439,; 539,; 538,; 473,pp. plus several hundred color plates. Contemporary half brown morocco, gilt-stamped spine. Small bookplate on each front pastedown, contemporary ownership signature on each titlepage. Slight foxing on edges of text block, but internally quite clean and bright. Very good. Item #WRCAM28405
Portuguese edition of a work first appearing in French between 1843 and 1844. Published under the pseudonym of Auguste Wahlen, the original edition contains four volumes ("Asia," "Océanie," "Afrique/Amérique," and "Europe"). This edition contains a fifth volume covering both Asia and India. The color plates depict indigenous peoples of all locales in their native dress. Though the costumes of those people outside Europe appear quite accurate, the ethnic features of the models are more than slightly westernized. In addition to the many color plates, each volume includes copious textual matter relating to the history, economy, and other specifics about the five regions. In all, an excellent and rare color plate book of world culture. This edition is not in Hiler.