FIRST EDITION OF CALDCLEUGH’S TRAVELS IN SOUTH AMERICA, 1825, WITH NINE AQUATINT PLATES, ONE HAND-COLORED, AND TWO LARGE HAND-COLORED FOLDING MAPS, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF BOARDS
CALDCLEUGH, Alexander. Travels in South America, During the Years 1819-20-21; Contains an Account of the Present State of Brazil, Buenos Ayres, and Chile. London: John Murray, 1825. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary full brown calf rebacked, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, burgundy and olive morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $3500.
First edition of this important piece of South American travel literature, with nine aquatint plates, one beautifully hand-colored, and two large hand-colored folding maps of South America, in contemporary calf boards.
“Caldcleugh’s work has great documentary value. An excellent and impartial observer, he describes Rio de Janeiro with great accuracy and studies the social, agricultural, financial and political situation in Brazil. The part referring to the mines in Minas Geraes is of great interest. The first volume contains two very beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro.” (Borba de Moraes I:144). “An example of the very important travel literature of the period” (Griffin 3455). This work also includes appendices on matters such as meteorology, the slave trade, and shipping. Without half-titles. Abbey Travel 699. Sabin 9877. Armorial bookplates.
Occasional foxing and offsetting mainly to preliminaries and fragile maps, small closed tears at map stubs, only light wear to boards, small stain to spine. A near-fine copy.