Paris: Chez Arnauld de Vresse, [nd, ca. 1850]. 54,pp. plus twenty-five tinted lithographic plates (including the titlepage). Small folio. Original pebbled cloth, spine gilt, a.e.g. Spine rubbed, hinges a bit worn. Internally neat and clean. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM35210
A rare and attractive work, showing the peoples of the world, their costumes, habits, physiognomy, dwellings, and architecture. Each plate is accompanied by text describing the country or people illustrated, giving population figures, describing the regions, their history, style of government, customs, etc. The contents cover France, England, Russia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Persia, the Barbary States, Australia, the Canary Islands, the East Indies, Java, Africa (including Mozambique and the Congo), Argentina, Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil, the United States, China, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Egypt, and New Zealand. The plate of the United States shows a farm couple and their dwelling, Choctaw Indians, and a steamboat on the Mississippi. The plates of Argentina, Brazil, and Peru also show several Indians. The plates of Australia and New Zealand show aborigines, their clothing, weapons, dwellings, and huts, as well as New Zealanders in a longboat. No copies listed on OCLC, nor in NUC. Not in Hiler, Colas, or Lipperheide. A rare and interesting illustrated work.