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21 Nov 2019 16:30 GMT

Dr. Gustav Fritsch

Die Eingeborenen Sud-Afrika's (The ATLAS from the author's work 'The Natives of South Africa' published in 1872)

Published: Ferdinand Hirt, Breslau, 1872

Edition: First Edition

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"The Natives of South Africa by Gustav Fritsch, Medical Doctor, Assistant at the Royal Anatomical Institute of Berlin."

The Atlas contains sixty copper-etched portrait heads of the different native racial types (two portraits per plate showing front and side profile).

Copperplate engravings done from the original photographs by Hugo Burckner.

Plates 1-20 (first part) illustrating the different Bantu types and 21-30 (second part) illustrating Bushmen and Hottentots.

Text in German. Contents clean with all plates still retaining their original tissue guards. 

'The publication of this volume was delayed owing to the author taking part in an expedition to Aden, and being subsequently engaged in the Franco-German War. It is one of the most accurate and conscientious works on South Africa published in Germany, and is particularly valuable on account of the ethnographical researches of the author at the Cape. Particular attention has been paid to the description of the physical constitution, external appearance, and manner of life of the natives, and in these respects the work may be considered as one of the most valuable contributions to the study of the natives of the sub-continent.' - Mendelssohn Vol.I, Page 576.

The original work was published in two parts of which the Atlas is offered on auction.

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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