Schetsen van Afrika's Westkust
First edition of "one of the most interesting of the Dutch 19th century books on West Africa" (Bulletin d'information) by the Dutch military physician Jan Simon Gerardus Gramberg. Jan Gramberg was a Dutch author, military physician, plantation owner and adventurer, who lived and worked in the Dutch Gold Coast and the Dutch East Indies, and who wrote several works about these places.
Gramberg arrived at Fort Saint George in Elmina (São Jorge da Mina) in 1856, where he explored the coast and inlands of the Gold Coast. He was the first European settler in Guinea to own a plantation. He founded a cotton plantation on the Bossum-prah (Pra) river in present-day Ghana.
As a physician, Gramberg included some interesting information on common diseases in the area. The second part contains Gramberg's own travelogue, in which he gives descriptions of Elmina, Cape Coast, Accra, Ouidah and other places, with an illustration of a trading post and Gramberg's own plantation, and finally a part on the Dutch properties in West Africa. The chromolithographed plates depict native inhabitants and several forts.
After his period in Africa, which lasted from 1856 and 1859, he wrote this book describing his adventures in Africa. His account provides a description of the country, including topography, as well as anecdotes of his travels in the primarily Dutch portions of the country.
The book is divided into three parts. In the first part Gramberg gives a concise description of West Africa: its history (with remarks on the Spanish and Portuguese properties there) climate, geology, religion, education, flora, fauna etc.
Lithographed title page with colored vignette (Ennimir Koning van Oost-Wassa) and 8 folding colored lithograph views.
Bobins coll. 96; Bulletin d'information III (1977), p. 30; Cat. NHSM I, p. 206; Landwehr, Coloured plates 287; Tiele, Bibl. 409; not in Gay; Kainbacher; Keynes Part 1, Lot 323.
Gramberg, Jan Simon Gerardus. Schetsen van Afrika's Westkust. Amsterdam : Weijtingh & Brave. 1861.
Gramberg, Jan Simon Gerardus (1861) Schetsen van Afrika's Westkust. Amsterdam : Weijtingh & Brave.
Gramberg, Jan Simon Gerardus, Schetsen van Afrika's Westkust. Amsterdam : Weijtingh & Brave. 1861.