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  1. 135273
    (DARIEN SCHEME.) HARRIS, Walter, attrib. A Defence of the Scots Abdicating Darien:

    [Edinburgh?] : 1700

    One of two editions of that year, without established priority. The pamphlet has been variously attributed to James Hodges, Archibald Foyer, and Walter Harris, with the last the most probable, and it was certainly Harris who was felt to be the author at the time. The pamphlet was "an appeal to Scotchmen not to waste their money in the Scheme... the... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 135273

  2. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.
    ACOSTA, Jose de. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.

    London : 1604

    First edition in English of "the most convincing, detailed, and reliable account" of the Americas at this time, in a notably attractive contemporary binding (Hill). While this influential work is well-held institutionally it is scarce in commerce, and especially so in a contemporary binding, with only five such copies appearing at auction in the last... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 141468

  3. Album de Pernambuco.
    BRAZIL - CARLS, Francisco Henrique. Album de Pernambuco.

    Pernambuco : 1880

    A wonderfully-preserved copy of this superb visual record of Brazil in the late 19th century. "The colourful and airy rendering contributes much to the appeal of this extensive series of images that forms one of the most comprehensive visual reports carried out on any Brazilian city in the period" (Correa do Lago).

    The album was first issued... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 108232

  4. Patagonia Revisited.
    CHATWIN, Bruce, & Paul Theroux. Patagonia Revisited.

    Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire : 1985

    First edition, first impression, limited to 250 copies signed by both authors on the limitation leaf, of which this is number 163. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 107573

  5. In Patagonia.
    CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia.

    London : 1977

    Unbound proof copy of Bruce Chatwin's first book, with the black ink stamp of Deborah Rogers Ltd, Chatwin's agent, which established his reputation as a travel writer. Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. In 1982 he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 123886

  6. 146439
    COULTER, John. Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,

    London : 1847

    First edition. of this account of Coulter's time onboard the Stratford whaler, the book opening with a dramatic account of a successful whale chase. This copy in the original cloth in notably attractive condition.

    A ship's surgeon, "little seems to be known of Coulter beyond his personal narratives" (Howgego). A keen observer, and an engaging... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 146439

  7. A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien.
    DARIEN SCHEME - PHILO-CALEDON, pseud. A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien.

    Edinburgh : 1699

    One of four editions of that year, without established priority. An optimistic attempt, shortly before the Darien Scheme was abandoned, to convince the English to support the project, no doubt hoping to get their navy behind the scheme in the face of Spanish hostility. Of particular note is that the pamphlet gives an account of the settlement and settlers,... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 135268

  8. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Miscarriage of the Scots Colony at Darien.
    DARIEN SCHEME. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Miscarriage of the Scots Colony at Darien.

    Glasgow : 1700

    First edition. A response to the pamphlet A Defence of the Scots Abdicating Darien, which was published anonymously the same year and generally attributed to Walter Harris, especially at the time, though it has since also been attributed to James Hodges and Archibald Foyer. This anonymous response (ESTC notes that it is sometimes attributed to George... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 135275

  9. 148293comp
    DEVINE, Frank J. El Salvador: Embassy Under Attack.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to a fellow member of the US Foreign Service, Ruth V. Verdin: "To Ruth Verdin, good friend, long-time diplomatic colleague, excellent source of administrative support in San Salvador, and a real credit to the Foreign Service, with all best wishes of the author, Frank J.... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 148293

  10. A Visit to Colombia in the Years 1822 & 1823.
    DUANE, William. A Visit to Colombia in the Years 1822 & 1823.

    Philadelphia : 1826

    First edition. Duane (1760-1835), maverick Irish-American journalist and editor of the Democrat organ Aurora, travelled to newly independent Colombia to secure payment for arms and provisions sent to Bolivar's revolutionaries by Philadelphia merchant Jacob Idler, an affair passed over in silence in his important travelogue (such activities had forestalled... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 119211

  11. Terremotos.
    EARTHQUAKES - ODRIOZOLA, Manuel de. Terremotos.

    Lima : 1863

    First edition and only edition of this history of Lima's seismic activity since the colonial era, and its effect upon the development of Peru's coastal capital, in order to establish patterns and better predict future events.

    Manuel de Odriozola (1804-1889) was a Peruvian Colonel of cavalry and leading figure of the Independance of Peru, the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132570

  12. Military Memoirs of Four Brothers, (Natives of Staffordshire,)
    FERNYHOUGH, Thomas. Military Memoirs of Four Brothers, (Natives of Staffordshire,)

    London : 1830

    Second edition, following the first of the previous year, of this fascinating book that highlights the cost to one family of the Napoleonic Wars; both editions are extremely scarce: the list of subscribers runs to some 324 names taking 371 copies and includes the Marquis of Anglesey, Marquis of Bute, Sir William Beresford, Sir A. F. Barnard (commander... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139261

  13. The Map that Invented Brazil.
    FURTADO, Júnia Ferreira. The Map that Invented Brazil.

    São Paulo : 2013

    First edition. In 2004, Dr Furtado discovered an unknown map by Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville, entitled "Carte de L'Amérique méridionale" in the archives of the Bosch Company in Stuttgart. It was "the first document to configure Brazil as a massive territory extending, from north to south, from the present day states of Amapá and Rondônia... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 127175

  14. Journey to Manaos.
    HANSON, Earl Parker. Journey to Manaos.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression of this account of exploration in north-western Brazil and southern Venezuela. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front panel of the jacket and front pastedown. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 101469

  15. Journey to Manaos.
    HANSON, Earl Parker. Journey to Manaos.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression of this account of exploration in north-western Brazil and southern Venezuela. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 101466

  16. The Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, Answer'd, Paragraph by Paragraph.
    HARRIS, Walter. The Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, Answer'd, Paragraph by Paragraph.

    London : 1699

    First edition of Walter Harris's rebuttal to A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, published the same year and variously attributed to Archibald Foyer, George Ridpath, Andrew Fletcher and James Watson. That pamphlet had optimistically attempted, shortly before the Darien Scheme was abandoned, to convince the English to support the project, no... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 135270

  17. Travels in Peru and Mexico.
    HILL, S. S. Travels in Peru and Mexico.

    London : 1860

    First edition. Inscribed by the author in vol. 1 on the front free binder's blank, "Miss Courthope, with the author's affectionate regards". Samuel Hill was a prolific travel writer, who, having made a trip around the world in the 1850s, published several popular books of his travels. This edition is uncommon in the original binding, with six copies... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 119151

  18. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.
    KENT, Rockwell. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.

    New York : 1926

    Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in pencil at the head of the dedication page, "To my friend Nat Horwitt this 'voyage' (so far the only one we've sailed together on) is inscribed by me Rockwell Kent Au Sable Forks, March 1929". The recipient was the celebrated industrial designer Nathan G. Horwitt (1889-1990), "Horwitt is best known for... Learn More
    £1,925.00

    Stock Code: 60017

  19. Brazil and the Brazilians,
    KIDDER, Daniel Parish, & James Cooley FLETCHER. Brazil and the Brazilians,

    Philadelphia & New York : 1857

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed on the recto of the frontispiece "With the regards of the Principal Author, J. C. Fletcher, New York, Oct. 25 - 1860". This work "gave great impetus to the emigration movement from the defeated Confederates' South to Brazil" (Henry, p. 451).

    Fletcher, a Presbyterian minister, was sent to Brazil in 1951,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142719

  20. Life in a Man-of-War, or Scenes in Old Ironsides during her Cruise in the Pacific By a Fore-Top-Man.
    MERCIER, Henry James, & William Gallop. Life in a Man-of-War, or Scenes in Old Ironsides during her Cruise in the Pacific By a Fore-Top-Man.

    Philadelphia : 1841

    First edition, uncommon, decidedly so in the original cloth. Mercier shipped aboard the "Constitution" on her 1839 cruise to the Pacific coast of South America. "This lively, well-written narrative presents a detailed view of life before the mast, both the daily details and the unusual moments, including the effects of running out of whiskey (cologne... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 121255

  21. The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili.
    MOLINA, Abbe Don J. Ignatius. The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili.

    London : 1809

    Originally published in Italian as two separate works, Saggio sulla storia naturale del Chili, Bologna, 1782, and Saggio sulla storia civile del Chili, Bologna, 1787, this first UK edition "Apparently a copy of the American edition of 1808, with a few alterations and some additions, but without any acknowledgement of the American original" (Sabin).... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 93577

  22. Alturas de Macchu Picchu.
    NERUDA, Pablo. Alturas de Macchu Picchu.

    Santiago de Chile : [1948]

    First edition, first printing, of Neruda's masterpiece, number 185 of 500 copies exclusively destined to be sold to the Libreria Neira subscribers, from a total edition of 520 copies. This book is rarely found unrestored, as here.

    The Heights of Macchu Picchu was first published in English in 1966. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 147570

  23. Travels in South America, during the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804;
    PONS, François Raymond Joseph de. Travels in South America, during the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804;

    London : 1807

    First British edition of a full English translation, originally published Paris, 1806, with a US translation and a British abridged translation offered in the same year. Relatively uncommon, just 5 copies on Library Hub, "This is an important account of Venezuela, giving a description of the country and people, and also accounts of the growth and production... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 93989

  24. A South Sea Diary.
    POWELL, S. W. A South Sea Diary.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression of this travel narrative of an Englishmen who went to Tahiti and purchased a coconut plantation.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 108554

  25. The Brasilian Navigator; or Sailing Directory for all the Coasts of Brasil, etc.
    PURDY, John. The Brasilian Navigator; or Sailing Directory for all the Coasts of Brasil, etc.

    London : 1851

    First published in 1838. Uncommon: just 12 copies of various editions between 1838 and 1862 listed on WorldCat, only two of the present one. These coastal pilots were for shipboard use, and are far from sturdily produced with a commensurately low survival rate. This is an unusual and desirable example. Purdy apprenticed to David Steel in 1795, drawing... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 70217

  26. A Visit to the South Seas,
    STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,

    London : 1832

    First English and first illustrated edition; the New York edition of the preceding year was unillustrated. A very pretty set of an important work on Hawaii: "Stewart's acute observations on native life and customs and his description of the changes at court and advances in business conditions and society in general make this a valuable account" (Forbes).



    "The... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 115104

  27. Travels in Peru, during the Years 1838—1842.
    TSCHUDI, Johann Jakob von. Travels in Peru, during the Years 1838—1842.

    London : 1847

    First edition in English, the year after the original German publication. Swiss naturalist von Tschudi (1818-1889) spent five years in Peru, collecting plants and zoological specimens, studying Incan antiquities and the Quechua Indians, and covering ground "previously untrodden by any European traveller" (translator's preface). There is also much description... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 121241

  28. The Other Side of the Mountain.
    ULLMAN, James Ramsey. The Other Side of the Mountain.

    London : 1938

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown, and title page. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 103476

  29. The Other Side of the Mountain.
    ULLMAN, James Ramsey. The Other Side of the Mountain.

    London : 1938

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. From the publisher's archive, with their inkstamp to the front panel of the jacket, front pastedown, and title page. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 103469

  30. Turismo en el Uruguay.
    URUGUAY - MENDOZA, Juan Carlos. Turismo en el Uruguay.

    Montevideo : 1938-41

    Spectacularly presented run of this lavishly produced promotional publication which was launched in 1935 by the Uruguay Tourist Office as a bimonthly targeted to attract visitors from both Latin America and Europe. Copiously illustrated and featuring striking cover art, these magazines include a wide range of appeals to the recreational or commercial... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 130912

  31. The Royal Commentaries of Peru,
    VEGA, Garcilasso de la. The Royal Commentaries of Peru,

    London : 1688

    First edition in English of Vega's chronicles of Peru, the first work by an author born in the Americas to enter the western canon. Born in the early years of the Spanish conquest from an Incan mother and a conquistador father, Garcilasso de la Vega (1539-1616) moved to Spain aged 21, where he wrote the present histories. First published in Lisbon in... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 126602

  32. Campaigns and Cruises,
    VOWELL, Richard Longfield. Campaigns and Cruises,

    London : 1831

    First edition of this anonymously published significant collection of genuine travel and fictional narratives about the South American people and events of the early 19th century. Uncommon in the original boards and in such good condition.

    Although British-born, Richard Vowell (1795-1870) served as an officer with both the Venezuelan and Colombian... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 144335

  33. Spanish and Portuguese South America during the Colonial Period.
    WATSON, Robert Grant. Spanish and Portuguese South America during the Colonial Period.

    London : 1884

    First edition of this expansive compendium of South American history, in the variant brown cloth binding. Watson travelled widely as a British diplomat allowing him to write a number of regional histories; "it is on of the advantages of foreign legations, that now and then a man connected with them is found intelligent enough and industrious enough... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 119367

  34. O Rio de Janeiro.
    WEBER, Bruce. O Rio de Janeiro.

    New York : 1986

    First edition, first printing. Street photographs of the youth in Rio De Janeiro. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143864

  35. On the Plantation, Cultivation, and Curing of Parà Rubber (Havea Brasiliensis).
    WICKHAM, Henry Alexander. On the Plantation, Cultivation, and Curing of Parà Rubber (Havea Brasiliensis).

    London : 1908

    First edition, uncommon just 6 copies on Library Hub. Wickham (1846-1928), first visited South America in 1866, setting himself up as a dealer in bird plumage. He subsequently pieced together a living as a rubber dealer, sugar and tobacco planter. In 1872 he was taken on by Sir John Hooker as a plant collector, and was introduced to Clement Markham... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117719

  36. The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.
    WILLIAMS, Rev. E. A. The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.

    London : 1859

    First edition. Williams was the chaplain onboard HMS Pearl, whose crew were called upon to help put down the Indian Mutiny. After sailing to South America, Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, the ship's company hears news of the uprising while docked in Hong Kong. Along with HMS Shannon, the ship was sent to Calcutta. Williams gives his first-hand description... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 127130

  37. Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber.
    WRIGHT, Herbert. Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber.

    Colombo : 1905

    First edition. Uncommon, just 5 locations on Library Hub, WorldCat adds 7 further. This copy inscribed "To I.H. Burkill Esqre. from the Author". Wright was one of the leading authorities on tropical agriculture of his day, described in his Times obituary as "one of the foremost figures in the rubber industry". Educated at the Royal College of Science,... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 125921

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