Wanderings In South America..
Bound in presentation maroon morocco, gilt, with gilt block of seal of King Edward VI School Birmingham, gilt, on front board; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Light wear to extremities, edges sunned and a margin stains; otherwise a very good copy. Binder's stamp of Cornish Brothers, Birmingham on verso of first free endpaper.
Thomas Nelson and Sons.,
8vo. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. 367 pp.
Illustrated by 15 plates, including frontispiece and by text figures.
Charles Waterton (1782-1865) came from an old catholic family and was educated at Stonyhurst College. He went to British Guiana in 1804 to take charge of his uncle's estate and made four journeys to the interior in 1812, 1816, 1820 and 1824, also reaching Pernambuco (Brazil). He returned to the ancestral Walton Hall, Lancashire and set up a pioneering wildfowl and nature reserve. The Wanderings is an account of his adventures and of the people and wildlife he encountered. It was first published in 1825 and subsequently with the 1826 Review by Sydney Smith. influenced Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. This Nelson edition first appeared in 1891. A handsome binding for the King Edward VI School Birmingham by a local binder.
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