264 pp. official bulletin from the exposition inaugurated on May 16, 1896, under the editorial direction of Émile Deshays, containing information on the various facets of the exposition, including the different pavilions, events, and architects. Tables, indices. Illustrated profusely throughout from photographs and drawings, including thirty-five full-page plates. Some toning to edges, scattered minor soiling and foxing. 4to. Leather-backed boards, raised spine. Some rubbing along spine and to front cover. Rouen (Imprimerie Émile Deshays et Ce.) 1896.
One of the main highlights of this exposition was the "negro" village installed along the Champ de Mars, in which 120 paid Africans from differing groups and villages lived in a 2000-square-meter area with a lake and were forbidden to leave their enclosure. Some villagers made crafts, women washed clothes, children went swimming, and a marriage and two births took place, all in front of the gawking eyes of 600,000 visitors fascinated by the primitive lifestyle. As of August 2016, WorldCat locates only one holding of this title in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and none in North America.
Book ID: 48557