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MARKHAM, Clements R.

Peruvian Bark.

A Popular Account of the Introduction of Chinchona Cultivation into British India.

London: John Murray, 1880 Stock Code: 102127

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First edition, uncommon. "In his second post, from 1854, at what was to become the India Office, Markham was commissioned to carry from Peru to India seeds of the cinchona tree, the source of quinine and then found only in Peru; to establish the tree in India and Ceylon; and to make quinine readily available there. The remoteness of the country, the possibility of war between Peru and Bolivia, and the hostility of the Peruvian authorities and entrepreneurs to the scheme, which threatened their hold on the quinine trade, made it hazardous. Markham's Travels in Peru and India (1862) and Peruvian Bark (1880) recount his adventures in Peru, where he was accompanied by his wife, Minna... and several botanists. He managed to gather plants and seeds, and found time for work on his first Quechua dictionary (1864; the second was published in 1892). Although Markham's own plants did not survive, the party as a whole succeeded in getting seeds and plants out of South America and establishing plantations in India and Ceylon, and making pure quinine available throughout the subcontinent. He was awarded a grant of 3000 for his services" (ODNB).

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Octavo. Original brown cloth, gilt lettered spine, yellow endpapers.


3 folding maps, 3 wood-engraved illustrations.


Library stamps of the Research Association of British Rubber Manufacturers on title page and front free endpaper; armorial bookplate of Sanderson (?) on front pastedown. Spine cocked, back inner hinge split and just holding.


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