"A Pholey Town & Plantations About It, from Moore", Basire, Isaac
Subject: Village in Western Africa
Period: 1745 (circa)
Color: Black & White
8.3 x 5.8 inches
21.1 x 14.7 cm
This interesting engraving presents a walled village of the Fula people of the Senegambia region in West Africa. A key at top left identifies the guard-house for the cattle, cotton and corn crops, and a native carrying a log on his head. It is based on the account of the English travel writer and Royal African Company clerk Francis Moore. A similar engraving (also by Basire) with a slightly different title (View of a Fûlî Town & Plantations About It, from Moore) appeared in the second volume of John Green's A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels, published by Thomas Astley in 1745.
On a lightly toned sheet with a stain at top right. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso, and an edge tear in the left blank margin has been closed with paper tape on verso.