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Beira : Provincia De Mocambique
Author: Goncalves, Armando (editor)
Reference #: 1212
Status: For Sale
List Price: $85.00
Beira: 1934. Stapled Card Covers. Near Fine. (2) + 94 pp., approx. 6"x10"; photographic travel booklet, with text in three languages, Portuguese, French and English. Short introduction by the editor under the title "Beira: Capital of the Territory of Manica and Sofala", with the balance being primarily photographs with captions.
Photographs include: a frontis of Admiral Magalhaes Correia disembarking at Beira; a great photo of Victoria Falls with a Steam locomotive in the foreground; Beira Boy Scouts; a lion shot in the Buzi District; and of The Centro Recreativo Indo-Portuguese Pavilion and Club House. Charts of tons of cargo and numbers of passengers moving through the Port from 1892 - 1933; and sugar output of the Zambezi Sugar Industry 1893-1933. Two pages of text on the Sena Sugar Estates. Advertisements appear on pp. 71 through 92, and include passenger ship companies, 'The Shell Company of Portuguese East Africa, Limited", and Barclays Bank. The cover has a line drawing of a coastal beach scene, with a circular cut-out revealing a portion of a photographic title page of the Beira harbour seen from the air.
Overall a very nice copy of an uncommon ephemera of the history of this port city. It bears a date '8-14-44' at the top of the front cover in a fine hand; the staples show some rusting causing light discoloration to a couple of leaves at the beginning and end of the booklet. This discoloration does not affect any text, and all pages are still securely in place. The first photograph appears to have been reinforced at the front hinge
Uncommon, with historical material not found elsewhere and images of structures now gone, either through development or natural disasters..
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