BOWDICH, Thomas Edward (1791-1824). Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo, during the autumn of 1823, while on his third voyage to Africa. London: George B. Whittaker, 1825.
4° (287 x 220mm). 22 lithographic plates, 4 hand-coloured, 3 folding, some by and after Sarah Bowdich, others by T.M. Baynes after Sarah Bowdich, printed by C. Hullmandel. (Frontispiece tipped onto preceding blank, many of the uncoloured plates and some text leaves affected by waterstaining.) Uncut in 20th-century boards with printed paper label.
FIRST EDITION, followed by an edition in French in 1826. Bowdich died aged thirty-three on this, his third voyage to Africa, and his last work was not only edited but completed by his wife, Sarah, who added three sections, 'a narrative of the continuance of the voyage to its completion,' 'a description of the English settlements on the River Gambia,' and an 'appendix, containing zoological and botanical descriptions, and translations from the Arabic.' Sarah Bowdich also contributed the drawings for the work, the plates including portraits of local people, views and zoological figures. Abbey Travel I, 190; Colas 418.