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MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, Prince Alexander Philipp.

Voyage au Brésil, dans les années 1815, 1816 et 1817.

Traduit de l'allemand par J. B. B. Eyriès.

Arthus Bertrand, Paris , 1821-2 Stock Code: 90651
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First edition in French of this fundamental work of Brazilian exploration. "From a scientific point of view this expedition was one the most profitable of the nineteenth century The account of this journey is a classic work" (Borba de Moraes). Prince Maximilian, accompanied by the naturalists Georg Freyreiss and Friedrich Sellow, travelled through Brazil from 1815 to 1817. From Rio de Janeiro they journeyed to Cabo Frio, along the coast to Ilheus, to the borders of Minas Geraes and finally Bahia. The explorers made extensive studies of the flora and fauna of the Mata Atlantica, and visited the indigenous peoples such as the Botocudo, Purí, and Pataxo. First published in German as Reise nach Brasilien (1820-21), the work was immediately translated into other languages and reprinted many times.

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3 octavo text volumes (202 x 129 mm) and folio atlas (516 x 370 mm), together 4 volumes, complete. Brown quarter calf to style, spines gilt-lettered direct, buff paper sides, vellum tips.


Atlas: 31 engraved plates in all (15 views, 10 with two large vignettes to a page, one of native heads, all uncoloured; 5 hand-coloured of ethnographic artefacts,) 3 maps (two coloured in outline, one double-page). Text volumes with half-titles.


Some light dampstaining to text volumes and very slightly affecting first few leaves of atlas, else very good.


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