9 December 2009
ADALBERT, Prince of Prussia (1811-1873). Travels in the South of Europe and in Brazil. Translated by Sir R.H. Schomburgk and J.E. Taylor. With an Introduction by Baron von Humboldt. London: David Bogue, 1849.
2 volumes, 8o (222 x 140 mm). Lithographed frontispiece in volume one and 4 folding maps. (Minor offsetting from frontispiece onto title-page.) Original green cloth, spines gilt-lettered (some minor rubbing).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, and the first edition to be published for the public. The first edition in German had been privately printed in 1847 in an edition of only 100 copies for distribution among the Prince's friends and family. Adalbert and his expedition arrived in Rio in 1842. From there they sailed to Pará, then up the Amazon to the Xingu tributary venturing further up the river than any previous explorers. Borba de Moraes I, p.13; Sabin 162 (calling for only one folding map). (2)
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