Angas (1822-1886), was perhaps the most brilliant British depictor of ethnographic types. To perfect himself as a draughtsman, in 1842, he studied anatomical drawing in London, and also learned the art of lithography. In September 1843 he went to South Australia, a colony of which his father was one of the founders. There he joined several of (Sir) George Grey’s expeditions, and made sketches in watercolours of the scenery, aborigines, and natural history of South Australia. Proceeding to New Zealand, he travelled over eight hundred miles on foot in the wildest regions, and made sketches of the country as he journeyed. Returning to England, he published his sketches in 1847 in two folio volumes, entitled ‘South Australia Illustrated’ and ‘The New Zealanders Illustrated.’ These, along with his South African volume, form a cornerstone of colour-plate travel literature. This work features marvellous plates of the Maori and their environment. Angas depicts them swinging from a pole by rope; their tattoos, etc.
First edition in book form. Folio (55.5 x 37 cm). Additional hand-coloured lithograph title-page, 60 hand-coloured lithographs, minimal light foxing, contemporary half red morocco, a bit rubbed, rebacked preserving original spine, a very good example.
Abbey Travel, 589; Colas 132; Tooley 61; Hocken p129; Taylor p152.
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