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Atlas du Voyage au Congo et dans l'Interieur de l'Afrique Equinoxiale
Paris: Chez J. Renouard, 1832. Hardcover. Fair. 20 plates (some of which are partially colored). Lacks original binding. 37cm. Also lacks any interior leaves preceding title-page or following the last plate, and also lacks the folding map which should face the title-page. Edges ragged. Tissue guards still present. Light to moderate foxing on all plates. From the John R. Willis Collection with his bookplate on verso of title-leaf. French text. This uncommon and rather appealing atlas was accompanied by three text volumes describing Douville's journey into Central Africa. Unfortunately it soon became clear that Douville's account was fictional and based on the travels of others rather than on any African explorations by Douville. Disgraced despite mounting a vigorous but ultimately unpersuasive defense of the veracity of his account, Douville went off to explore Brazil where he was reportedly murdered in 1837.
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