BOWDICH, T. Edward.

Excursions In Madeira and Porto Santo, during the autumn of 1823,


Excursions In Madeira and Porto Santo, during the autumn of 1823,
while on his third voyage to Africa. To which is added, by Mrs Bowdich, I. A narrative of the continuance of the voyage to its completion, together with subsequent occurrences from Bowdich’s arrival in Africa to the period of his death. II. A description of the English settlements on the River Gambia. III. Appendix: containing zoological and botanical descriptions, and translations from the Arabic.
London, Whittaker, 1825.

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This informed work, published posthumously by Bodwich’s widow and travel companion, contains detailed geological and botanical chapters on Madeira, Porto Santo and Cape Verde Islands. In 1823 he and his wife, after some months spent in Madeira and Cape Verde Islands, arrived at Bathurst (now Banjul) at the mouth of the Gambia intending to undertake a trigonometric survey and then to explore Sierra Leone. However, Bowdich died from malaria while in Bathurst on 10 January 1824. Includes attractive plates showing “sections, views, costumes, and zoological figures” including fish and insects.


First Edition. 4to., xii, 278pp., four hand-coloured lithographs (one folding) including frontispiece by C. Hullmandel after S. Bowdich, 18 monochrome engraved plates, 2 folding; uncut, slight spotting not affecting the plates. Uncut in original grey boards, printed paper label; boards slightly worn, a fine copy.


Abbey Travel 190; Gay 2983; Colas 418.


Stock ID: 90206