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The Dark Continent - Africa
The Landscape and the People

A very beautiful photographic record of full page photographs (in high quality photo gravure technique) featuring topography, remarkable sites, culture, arts and people of Africa.

This precious book was not affordable by too many people at that time.
And there is no other book of that time which comes close to the printing quality of that title.

As photographed by the famous photographer Hugo Adolf Bernatzik, which took extensive travels and expeditions in the mid and late 1920s through the african continent.

Photographs titled in English, German, French and Italian.

From the series "Orbis Terrarum", a series of early photobooks portraying the regions of the world.

from the 1st [and only] edition with only 10,000 copies


  • 306 pages
  • 16 pages introduction and index of photographs
  • a map of africa
  • 256 rotogravure photos
  • Gilt lettering and decoration

In very good exterior and very good interior condition
Spine lightly sunned, free front endpaper with a crease, ocassionally finger stained at margins, otherwise ok with mild traces of use and age.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 12-1/4" x 9-1/2"  ~3.85 lbs.

This item is NO facsimile, it is a real authentic, historical item.
English text.

by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik
Published by Atlantis-Verlag, Berlin
in 1930

Inhaltsverzeichnis (table of contents) [excerpt]:

COUNTRIES: Portuguese Guinea - French Guinea - Liberia - Togo - Nigeria - French Sudan - French Equatorial Africa - Cameroon - Belgian Congo - Angola - South West Africa - Union of South Africa - Rhodesia - German East Africa - Kenya - Uganda - Anglo-Egyptian Sudan - Abyssinia.

CITIES, REGIONS and PEOPLE: Bafata, Samou River, Balante, Baga, Mandingo, Pandemai, Buszi, Mandingo, Ewe, Adaklu District, Fanti, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast, Accra, Asna, Sinder, Jarawa, Kanembu, Lake Tchad, Sara, Ansongo, Musgu, Logone, Mudang, Lere, Mayo Kebi, Kotobo, Ngala, Yetsang, Dikwa, Banjom, Bornu, Kanuri, Shua Arabs, Bornu, Bamum, Fumban, Nun River, Wi River, Fako, Haussa, Mabe River, Tikar, Ngambe, Bororo, Banyo, Babanki-Tungo, Mount Cameroon, Mangbetu, Batwa, Wagenia, Kilo, Ituri, Leopoldville, Katanga, Api, Budja, Ngangela, Katoko, Muleke, Ovambo, Ondonga, Nama Land, Otavi Highlands, Erongo Mountains, Namib Desert, Swakop River, Mount Brand, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Table Mountain, Ikandu Falls, Victoria Falls, Bangweolo Swamp, Howick Falls, Wakinga, Livingstone Mountains, Massai, Mpare, Southern Pare Mountains, Mount Kenya, Uluguru Mountains, Tanganyika, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kibo, Mawenzi, Zanzibar, Dinder, Dassen Island, Cape Colony, Tonga, White Nile, Upper Nile, Tana River, Watusi, Kavirondo, Lake Victoria, Muansa, Mount Ruwensori, Djur, Moru, Amadi, Nuer, Bahr el Zeraf, Shilluk, Dinka, Eliri, Dar Nuba Mountains, Nuba, Mount Talodi, Aulad Hamid Arabs, Omdurman, Nubia, Gawazi, Bisharin, Nubian Desert, Hadendoa, Suakin, North-Eastern Dongola, Bayuda Desert, Gallaland, Aksum, Gobedra, Debra Damo, Adua .... and many others


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