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Schomburgk, Robert H.

Twelve views in the interior of Guiana.

Stock Code
96784
London, Ackermann and Co., 1841
£10,000

Spectacularly illustrated account of an important natural history expedition to South America.

Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk (1804-1865) was a German-born explorer for Great Britain who carried out geographical, ethnological and botanical studies in South America and the West Indies, and also fulfilled diplomatic missions for Great Britain in the Dominican Republic and Thailand.

His taste for natural history led him in 1830 to the West Indies, and in 1831 he surveyed, at his own cost, the littoral of Anegada, one of the Virgin Islands. His results were printed in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society (1831) and attracted some notice.

Between 1835 and 1839, under the direction of the Royal Geographical Society, he explored the rivers Essequibo (the sources of which he was the first European to reach), Corentyn, and Berbice, and investigated in detail the capabilities of the colony of British Guiana. In 1837 he discovered and sent to

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First edition, folio (53.5 x 35 cm), hand-coloured lithograph frontispiece, title, dedication leaf, list of subscribers, engraved map by Arrowsmith, 38 pages of text, and 12 hand-coloured lithographs finished with gum arabic by Guaci, after drawings taken by Charles Bentley, contemporary black half morocco, grey pebbled cloth boards, light spotting, joints and corners repaired, occasional light spotting, an excellent example.

Bibliography

Abbey, Travel, 729.

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