London: George B. Whittaker, 1825. xii,278pp. plus twenty-two plates (four colored, three folding), including frontis. Quarto. Modern three-quarter calf and marbled boards. 19th-century library stamp on verso of titlepage and several other pages. Some light scattered foxing. Very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM43067
A very interesting work on Portugal, Madeira, Porto Santo, and northwestern Africa. T.E. Bowdich made three trips to Africa and died there at age thirty-three. His notes for this final expedition covered only the outward voyage to Madeira, and the text was completed by his widow, Sarah Bowdich. She edited his notes, completed the text, and provided all but two of the illustrations. In several cases Mrs. Bowdich actually drew the lithographs, which were then printed by the Hullmandel firm. There is much in the text on botany, zoology, and geology. The plates include coastal and inland views, local costumes, shells, insects, fish, and a plate of linguistic characters. ABBEY 190. COLAS 418. GAY 2983. IBRAHIM-HILMY II, p.382.