Brazil and the Brazilians,
Portrayed in Historical and Descriptive Sketches. Illustrated by One Hundred and Fifty Engravings.Philadelphia & New York: Childs & Peterson; Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1857 Stock Code: 142719
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, while the Methodist missionary Rev. Daniel Parish Kidder went in 1837 and had left by 1841. Kidder travelled extensively and became a prolific writer on Brazil whose first book, Sketches of Residence and Travel in Brazil (1845) was merged into the present work. Although the lesser-known of the two, Fletcher could still be presented as the "principal author" as he edited Kidder's first work, the preface noting that "the amount of matter from each pen is, however... nearly equal". For his part, " Fletcher not only stimulated interest in Brazil but also was instrumental in providing transportation there" (Henry, p. 451) and was instrumental in the development of regular steamship lines between the US and Brazil.
Kidder had been sent to help Rev. Justin Spaulding, whose ministry was characterized by his ample distribution of the Bible, his stand against slavery, and the founding of a small school. "Both Spaulding and Kidder were so outspoken in proclaiming the 'true gospel' and in exposing what they considered evil practices of the Catholic Church that they became the targets of abuse by the clergy who denounced them from the pulpit, at the confessional, and in the press" (Henry, p. 450).
This copy with the publication date amended to "1859" on the title page and a couple of correction to the financial data on p. 195, al in the same ink as the presentation inscription.
Octavo (217 x 138 mm). Near-contemporary green half morocco by Henry K. Van Siclen, New York, with his ticket to rear pastedown, titles and decorative tooling in gilt direct to spine, marbled boards ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges.
Lithographic portrait frontispiece, 18 plates (of which 2 hand-coloured), 2 maps (1 folding), and numerous in-text illustrations, plans, and diagrams.
Slight rubbing to extremities, else sharp, internally clean and fresh; a very good copy indeed.
Blanche Henry & Clark Weaver, "Confederate Immigrants and Evangelical Churches in Brazil" in "The Journal of Southern History", November 1952, Vol. 18, No. 4; Sabin 37709.
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