“Perhaps no book of travels, since that of Mr. Parke, exhibits a journey of such event, such suffering, and such interest; and certainly no work gives views of the people of Venezuela and of the present war which devastates that country, at all approaching to these in accuracy or in interest” (“Advertisement by the editor”).
First edition. The Beckford-Rosebery copy with 2 pages of notes in Beckford’s hand, 8vo., , [v]-xx, 398pp., 7 aquatint plates, one coloured by hand, contemporary polished pale calf, dark blue label, a fine copy.
Provenance: William Beckford, pencil notes on flyleaves, Sotheby’s sale 2-14 July 1883, lot 1393, £2 3s, James Bain for Archibald, 5th Earl of Rosebery, bookplate; sale in Sotheby’s 18 October 1975, lot 334, Francis Edwards.
Abbey, Travel 728; Sabin 72125.
Stock ID: 92879