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Auction 152, Lot 697

"[Lot of 7 - Native Prints]", Didot, Firmin

Subject: Southern Africa, Native Prints

Period: 1757 (published)

Publication: Histoire Generale des Voiages...

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 7.6 inches
14.2 x 19.3 cm
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The focus of this interesting lot of engravings is the Khoikhoi people of Southwestern Africa. When Europeans began settling this area in the mid 17th century, the Dutch named them Hottentots in imitation of the sound of their language. The native scenes include constructing huts, tribal meetings, and views of daily life. Also included is a depiction of Don Alvarez, King of Congo, receiving Dutch ambassadors (dated 1742 when in fact the visit was in 1642). Published in the fourth and fifth volumes of Histoire Generale des Voyages.

A. Homme et Femme Hottentots Tires d'Apres Nature.

B. Hottentots Namaquas.

C. Village et Hutes des Hottentots.

D. Danse et Musique des Hottentots.

E. Mariage Hottentot Tire de Kolben.

F. Maniere de Battre le Bled Parmi les Hottentots.

G. Dom Alvare Roy de Congo, Donnant Audience aux Hollandois en 1742.


Condition: A

Nice dark impressions with just a hint of toning along the sheet edges, far from the images.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/18/2015