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SAVAGE-LANDOR, A. Henry.

Across Unknown South America.

With 2 Maps, 8 Coloured Plates, and 260 Illustrations from Photographs by the Author. In Two Volumes.

Published: London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1913

Stock code: 86152

Price: £450

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First edition, first impression. Account of Savage-Landor’s hair-raising exploits in South America, from Rio de Janeiro “he trekked inland into the Northern Mato Grosso in the company of an unruly band of porters who ditched his possessions and stole provisions whenever the opportunity arose. Several times they mutinied and demanded to be released from his employ, only to realize that alone they had no hope of finding their way home” (Howgego). Landor mapped the Rio Arinos, which he descended to the Rio Juruena, continuing to the Rio Tapajós, and entered the Amazon after a “harrowing journey” in which they were rescued from their sinking raft by a rubber planter on his annual excursion upriver. The party descended the Amazon to its mouth at Belém, then re-ascended the river to Peru, crossed the Andes to Lima, thence to Cusco and La Paz, and back to the Pacific at Antofagasta; “There he shipped to Valparaiso, crossed the Andes for the fourth time and made his way overland to Buenos Ayres. The total distance was reckoned by Landor to be 13,750 miles.” Savage-Landor was one of the last explorers in the grand style; “Landor’s want of training and his impatience to press on with all speed made him an unreliable surveyor, and there were those who impugned the veracity of his hair-raising escapes; but in energy and resourcefulness, in courage and power of endurance, he was the equal of any of the previous generation of great explorers. He scorned special equipment and commonly appeared on a mountain or in a jungle as he would in Bond Street. His contempt for ropes and nailed boots nearly cost him his life mountaineering on several occasions.” (ODNB)

2 volumes, large octavo. Original blue pebble-grain cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, crests and star design to upper boards in gilt, blue, and green. With the dust jackets. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to volume I, and 170 other plates from photographs by the author, and a further 8 coloured coloured plates from his water-colours, one mounted as the frontispiece to volume II, full-page route map, and folding chart of the passage of the Arinos and Arinos-Juruena Rivers. Cloth fresh save for very light rubbing at extremities, some spotting to endpapers and edges of text blocks and very occasionally to contents. An excellent set in the dust jackets with toned spine panels and some chips and short closed tears, the jacket of volume II with two closed tears from the edges to the circular portion in the middle of the upper panel.

Bibliography: Howgego IV, L6

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