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ANGAS, George French.
The Kaffirs Illustrated in a series of drawings taken among the Amazulu, Amaponda, and Amakosa Tribes; also portraits of the Hottentot, Malay, Fingo, and other races inhabiting Southern Africa...

London: G. Barclay for J. Hogarth, 1849.
Abbey Travel I 339; Colas 134; Gay 3157; Mendelssohn I, p.45; Tooley 60; Bobins 71.
London: G. Barclay for J. Hogarth, 1849.

Folio, uncoloured lithographed portrait frontispiece of author on India proof paper, subscribers list, 30 hand coloured lithographed plates after Angas, drawn on stone. Also 11 engravings on wood. Later half morocco over brown cloth, marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt direct with raised bands. Extremities rubbed. Gilt edges. Marbled endpapers. An outstanding work, particularly for its portraits of the Zulus. Includes views of cape Town, Hottentot Holland, Somerset West and Durban. With a taste for travel and draughtsmanship, Angas perfected his art in 1842, studying anatomical drawings in London, and also learned the art of lithography. He spent two years in South Africa and published the result of his work in 1849 in this imperial folio work. Much of his other work was undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. Coloured plates in order: 1. Cape Town from the Camps Bay Road. 2. Hadji Hassan Nudin Ibanu Abdallah or Karel (A Malay Priest at Prayers) / Nazea, a Malay Woman in her walking costume (The Lion's Head Mountain with part of Cape Town). 3. (Plate without a title, but of Wynberg). 4. Makay Creole Boy / Malay Boy of Cape Town (titles on plate surface). 5. Hottentot Holland and Somerset West. 6. The Paarl. 7. Karel Julius / Christian Matthei - Hottentot Herd Boys. 8. Leveregt Aris, an old Hottentot / an old Hottentot Woman, with half caste great - grandchildren (both titles on plate surface). 9. (Plate without a title, but of Genadendal, a Moravian Missionary Settlement on South Africa). 10. Bavarian's Kloof. "The Glen of Baboons", near Genadendal. 11. Umpanda, the King of the Amazulu (title on plate surface). 12. (Plate without a title, but of Umpanda reviewing his soldiers at Nonduengu). 13. Utimuni Nephew of Chaka (title on plate surface). 14. Zulu Hunting Dance, near the Engooi Mountains. 15. Young Zulu's in dancing costume (title on plate surface). 16. Kaal on the Umgani. Zulu Cattle & Sheep (title on plate surface). 17. Zulu Boys in dancing dress (title on plate surface). 18. Mouth of the Umvoti, on Indian Ocean. 19. N'pae a young Zulu in Gala Dress / Two of King Umpanda's Dancing Girls (titles on plate surface). 20. Zulu Soldiers of Kong Pandas Army. 21. Zula Kraal at Umlazi with huts and Screens (title on plate surface). 22. On the Umnonoti River, Natal. 23. Zulu Blacksmiths at work. 24. Charley, a Half Caste Kafir Boy. 25. Inanda Kraal, Natal. 26. Gudu's Kraal at the Tugala. Women making Beer. 27. Zulu Kraal near Umlazi, Natal. 28.(Without a title, but of Durban - Port Natal). 29. Tragelaphus Angasii (Gray). The new Antilope from St Lucia Bay. 30. New and Remarkable Species of Lepidoptera from Natal and the Zulu Country.