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HIPPISLEY, Gustavus.

A Narrative of the Expedition to the Rivers Orinoco and Apuré in South America;

Which sailed from England in November 1817, and joined the patriotic forces in Venezuela and Caraccas.

London: John Murray, 1819 Stock Code: 119177
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Including Hippisley's correspondence with Simón Bolívar

First edition. Gustavus Hippisley served as a colonel in the First Venezuelan Hussars as part of the British brigade sent to South America to assist in the war for independence in Venezuela. The account gives a description of the voyage to South America and includes a collection of Hippisley's correspondence, including with Simón Bolívar.

With the ownership inscription dated 1842 of John Graham (1776-1844), an Irish historian to the front free endpaper. Graham has commented on the text in three places, including accusing Hippesley of altering the facts to fit his narrative, "this has not much verisimilitude, it seems far liker a 'ruse' than a natural occurrence", adding, "Hippisely here shows that he is a tyrant at heart".

In a contemporary review, James Hamilton Browne, Scottish Philhellene and follower of Byron on his journey to Greece in 1823, noted that Hippisley's work was "invariably asked for by Byron at dinner... its soporific qualities, he amusingly remarked, were truly astonishing, surpassing those of any ordinary narcotic; the perusal of a few pages sufficed to lull him asleep". With the often missing errata slip bound in.

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Octavo. Contemporary vertical-ribbed brown cloth, titles to spine gilt, covers decoratively blocked in blind, top edge brown, yellow coated endpapers.


A number of pressed leaves laid-in. Boards faintly soiled, spine ends expertly restored, slight impression to prelims and endmatter from board blocking, a little fading to endpapers, occasional light marginal foxing and offsetting from flower pressings; a very good copy.


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