Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: Vienna: A. Hartlebens Verlag, 1879.
A fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original ornate green binding. There is some mild rubbing to the board corners and spine ends and some oxidation to the board and spine lettering. Volume is housed in a fine example of the RARE illustrated dust jacket (a few small tape repairs dust jacket's verso) , complete with 7 color illustrations (each with a tissue guard) and dozens of woodcuts. This also contains a color map of the Sahara in fine condition, but laid in to the book as it has become cleanly detached. A BEAUTIFUL AND REMARKABLE COPY WHICH IS MENTIONED ON PAGE 88, AND OF WHICH AN IMAGE APPEARS ON PAGE 89, of Mark Godburn's excellent work titled "Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets" published by Oak Knoll Press in the US and by Private Libraries Association in the UK. Of this book, Godburn states: "Another German jacket is one of the more attractive examples produced in any country during the mid-Victorian period.
A representation of the Sahara desert that attemps "to present a vivid and correct conception of the Sahara, the multifarious natural character of its individual natural regions, the life, customs and habits of its inhabitants to the reader in vivid portrayal Eyes lead." Dr. Josef Chavanne was an Austrian geographer and noted explorer of Africa; Color Illustrations; 639 pages.