Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

The plain of Erer, Ethiopia. Coloured lithograph by B. Adam after J.M. Bernatz.

  • Bernatz, Johann Martin, 1802-1878.
  • Pictures

About this work


Vents emitting volcanic fumes are shown both on land and in a lake: "On the morning of the third day we came to a watering-place called Sirke or Sirges where there are hot-springs. The third day after quitting these springs we arrived at Errur, situated in a place at the foot of the Galla hills, where there is a wadi with excellent water." (Barker p. 238, quoting his informant). Deer and possibly horses are shown in the foreground: these may be the animals described by Kirk in a different location (pp. 233-234, "The plain is an alluvial level covered with grass, and, having but a thin sprinkling of scrubby bushes, without trees; crossed it for about 11 miles, passing a few antelopes and beizees and a herd of zebra")


[London] : [F.G. Moon] ; [Munich] : [The author], [1852-1855]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 23.4 x 34.4 cm


Plain of Errer. J.M. Bernatz del. Benno Adam lith.

References note

W.C. Barker, 'Extract report on the probable geographical position of Harrar; with some Information relative to the various tribes in the vicinity', Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, 1842, 12: 238-244 (pp. 238-239, referring to Errur)
Not in: J.R. Abbey, Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860, vol. I, London, 1957, though mentioned on p. 258, under no. 291 (W.C. Harris, The highlands of Aethiopia, 1844)

Lettering note

Bears number: XVII
Also signed in the stone: "B. Adam"


Wellcome Library no. 3015921i


  • English

Where to find it

  • LocationStatusAccess
    Closed stores
    OpenOnline request

Permanent link