Twelve Views in the Interior of Guiana.

Schomburgk (Robert H.)

Twelve Views in the Interior of Guiana.

From drawings executed by Mr. Charles Bentley, after sketches taken during the expedition carried on in the years 1835 to 1839, under the direction of the Royal Geographical Society of London, and aided by Her Majesty's Government.

Description: FIRST EDITION, hand-coloured lithographed additional title, dedication leaf to Duke of Devonshire with arms in gilt, engraved map by John Murray, 2-page subscribers' list, 12 hand-coloured lithographed plates, plate 3 re-attached, cropped at lower margin with short worm trail at gutter margin, tissue guard of plate 6 with short tear at upper edge, faintly damp spotted throughout, but images, all with their tissue guards, largely clean, pp. [xii, including additional title and map], 38, [xii, plates], folio, contemporary half navy morocco, patterned boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, both hinges strengthened, rear board with faint damp stains, edges rubbed, cover corners with minor abrasions, pastedown with bookplate of W.A. Harding, Madingley, good

Publication Details: Ackermann and Co., 1841

Notes: The magnificent plates, including the additional title which features the giant Victoria Regia water lily, one of Schomburgk's discoveries in the region, are from sketches made by the expedition's draughtsman, James Morrison under Schomburgk's direction, developed by Charles Bentley in London. Schomburgk's expedition was a great success: his astronomical observations, together with those of Humboldt, led to the determination of a series of fixed points across the watershed of the significant rivers of equatorial America, and he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's gold medal in 1840. ...more

Bibliography: (Abbey, Travel 720; Sabin 77796; Tooley 447)

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Price: £6,000

Subject: Travel & Topography

Published Date: 1841

Stock Number: 63486

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