Meissen: Friedrich Wilhelm Goedsche, 1830s. Quarto. (1) 68, (1) 52 plates. Bound in three-quarter green library tape over olive boards, protected by modern mylar. Marbled edges. Engraved title pages. Rare three volume work, missing volume three, Europe.
Volume One (Erster Band): Asia. Engraved title page and sixty-eight plates with two engravings per plate, except plate 34, a full page rendering of the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing and other details of the region. Extraordinary collection of engravings dipicting statue, clothing, customs, environment and culture. India, China (pp. 34, 35 in reverse order), the Caucasus, Northern Asia. Plates 17–20, 45–52, 61–64 printed to heavier paper stock.
Volume 2 (Zweiter Band): Africa. Engraved title page and fifty-two plates with two engravings per plate, except plate 6, a full page rendering of Egyptian mummies in sarcophagus, hieroglyphs and papyri representing Egypt (plates 10, 9 in reverse order), Africa's Northern coast, the dessert, central Africa, the coastal areas and Madagascar. Engravings printed to heavier paper stock.
Text in German. At times heavy foxing to blank versos and engravings, title pages. Images to a great extent with no or little foxing. Wear of binding, lower foredge corners with green tape removed, boards rubbed. Fair to very good condition. Item #48152