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Paul Kainbacher, Die Erforschung Afrikas. Die Afrika-Literatur über Geographie und Reisen 1486 – 1945

Paul Kainbacher's bibliography is „the" standard work for dealers, collectors, and scientists who are specialised in geography, travel, ethnology and natural sciences. It comprises – almost completely – the whole German literature on Africa written between the years 1500 and 1945.
Published on 04 May 2010

The first edition, printed in 2002, was an immediate success,  highly esteemed as the first bibliography on the travel and exploration  of Africa. Until 2009 three more editions appeared. The recent 4th  edition is widely enlarged and corrected. It contains more than 6500  books and separately printed articles on politics, history, geography,  geology, zoology, botany, archaeology, mission work, the colonial  empires etc., referring to Africa. Kainbacher's African bibliography is  structured alphabetically from A to Z, according to the authors' names.  

Every item is described in detail with author, title, publisher, the  number of editions, the year(s) of publication, the number of pages,  plates and illustrations as well as hints to other bibliographies and  encyclopaedias. Kainbacher even mentions the "rarity" of a book (rare,  very rare, extremely rare), although he himself admits that the rarity  of a work cannot be measured by the number of offers in auctions during  the past 50 years or its occurrence in internet databases. Dr.  Paul Kainbacher is a member of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers'  Association (VAO). After several journeys to Africa, many years of  research and the publication of numerous articles and books he is a  well-known specialists on rare books about the history and the culture  of the African continent.
Paul Kainbacher: Die Erforschung  Afrikas. Die Afrika-Literatur über Geographie und Reisen 1486 –  1945. Eine Bibliographie von A – Z.

The 4th edition of  his Africa Bibliography is available as a printed book and as a pdf  file. The online version will be revised, enlarged and corrected every  three months. You can browse the chapters A to C on, the whole  bibliography can be found on Dr. Paul  Kainbacher's website.

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