(DARIEN SCHEME.) HARRIS, Walter, attrib. A Defence of the Scots Abdicating Darien:
[Edinburgh?] : 1700One 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
ACOSTA, Jose de. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies.
London : 1604First 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
BRAZIL - CARLS, Francisco Henrique. Album de Pernambuco.
Pernambuco : 1880A 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
CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia.
London : 1977Unbound 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
COULTER, John. Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,
London : 1847First 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
DARIEN SCHEME - PHILO-CALEDON, pseud. A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien.
Edinburgh : 1699One 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
DARIEN SCHEME. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Miscarriage of the Scots Colony at Darien.
Glasgow : 1700First 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
DEVINE, Frank J. El Salvador: Embassy Under Attack.
New York : 1981First 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
DUANE, William. A Visit to Colombia in the Years 1822 & 1823.
Philadelphia : 1826First 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
EARTHQUAKES - ODRIOZOLA, Manuel de. Terremotos.
Lima : 1863First 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
FERNYHOUGH, Thomas. Military Memoirs of Four Brothers, (Natives of Staffordshire,)
London : 1830Second 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
FURTADO, Júnia Ferreira. The Map that Invented Brazil.
São Paulo : 2013First 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
HANSON, Earl Parker. Journey to Manaos.
London : 1938First 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
HANSON, Earl Parker. Journey to Manaos.
London : 1938First 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
HARRIS, Walter. The Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien, Answer'd, Paragraph by Paragraph.
London : 1699First 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
HILL, S. S. Travels in Peru and Mexico.
London : 1860First 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
KENT, Rockwell. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.
New York : 1926Presentation 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
KIDDER, Daniel Parish, & James Cooley FLETCHER. Brazil and the Brazilians,
Philadelphia & New York : 1857First 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
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 : 1841First 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
MOLINA, Abbe Don J. Ignatius. The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili.
London : 1809Originally 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
NERUDA, Pablo. Alturas de Macchu Picchu.
Santiago de Chile : 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
PONS, François Raymond Joseph de. Travels in South America, during the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804;
London : 1807First 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
POWELL, S. W. A South Sea Diary.
London : 1942First 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
PURDY, John. The Brasilian Navigator; or Sailing Directory for all the Coasts of Brasil, etc.
London : 1851First 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
STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,
London : 1832First 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
TSCHUDI, Johann Jakob von. Travels in Peru, during the Years 1838—1842.
London : 1847First 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
ULLMAN, James Ramsey. The Other Side of the Mountain.
London : 1938First 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
ULLMAN, James Ramsey. The Other Side of the Mountain.
London : 1938First 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
URUGUAY - MENDOZA, Juan Carlos. Turismo en el Uruguay.
Montevideo : 1938-41Spectacularly 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
VEGA, Garcilasso de la. The Royal Commentaries of Peru,
London : 1688First 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
VOWELL, Richard Longfield. Campaigns and Cruises,
London : 1831First 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
WATSON, Robert Grant. Spanish and Portuguese South America during the Colonial Period.
London : 1884First 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
WICKHAM, Henry Alexander. On the Plantation, Cultivation, and Curing of Parà Rubber (Havea Brasiliensis).
London : 1908First 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
WILLIAMS, Rev. E. A. The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.
London : 1859First 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
WRIGHT, Herbert. Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber.
Colombo : 1905First 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