9 December 2009
WAFER, Lionel (ca 1660-ca 1705). A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America, Giving an Account of the Author's Abode there, the Form and Make of the Country...The Indian Inhabitants, their Features, Complexion, &c. their Manners, Customs, Employments, Marriages, Feasts, Hunting, Computation, Language, &c. With Remarkable Occurrences in the South Sea, and elsewhere. London: James Knapton, 1699.
8o (184 x 111 mm). Engraved folding map and 3 engraved folding plates (light marginal browning). 19th-century morocco gilt (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE BEST ENGLISH ACCOUNTS OF THE INTERIOR OF CENTRAL AMERICA. This work describes the Indians and natural history of the region. Wafer was a surgeon with the buccaneers who preyed on the Spanish colonies. The fine plates showing Indians are captioned: "Smoaking tobacco after their way," "Marching upon a visit or to feast," and "the Indians manner of bloodletting." "This work contains one of the best accounts of the Isthmus of Panama, of its natural resources, and of the native Indians" (Hill). Alden & Landis 699/223; Cox II, p.247; Field 1617; Hill 1796; Sabin 100940; Wing W-193.
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