London, South Kensington
15 October 2009
SCHOMBURGK, Sir Robert Hermann (1804-1865). Twelve Views in the Interior of Guiana. London: Ackerman & Co., 1841. 2° (540 x 365mm). Dedication leaf with Devonshire arms printed in gilt. Hand-coloured additional lithographic title and 12 hand-coloured lithographic views after Charles Bentley, one engraved map outlined in red and blue, 12 wood-engraved illustrations. (Some light scattered spotting.) Original dark-blue leather-backed illustrated boards reproducing the lithographic title (binding loosening, a few leaves and guards detached, lower board with some soiling).
FIRST EDITION. A COLOURED COPY IN THE RARE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATED BOARDS. As a result of the finely illustrated journey described here, Schomburgk suggested a border between Venezuela and Guiana, sent the Victoria Regia waterlily to England where it caused a sensation, and was awarded the RGS Gold Medal for his scientific work. Abbey Travel, 720; Sabin 77796; Tooley 447.
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