9 June 2004
FALKNER, Thomas (1707-1784). A Description of Patagonia, and the Adjoining Parts of South America: containing an account of the soil, produce, animals, vales, mountains, rivers, lakes, &c. of those countries: the religion, government, policy, customs, dress, arms, and language of the Indian inhabitants; and some particulars relating to Falkland's Islands. By Thomas Falkner, who resided near forty years in those parts. Hereford: C. Pugh for T. Lewis, 1774.
4o (265 x 210 mm). Engraved folding map by Thomas Kitchin in two sheets (1050 x 805 mm). (A few short tears and some minor losses to folds.) 20th-century half calf (light rubbing to joints and corners).
FIRST EDITION. Having trained as a doctor/surgeon under Richard Mead, Falkner converted to Catholicism and served as a Jesuit missionary for 38 years in South America, mostly in Patagonia. He returned in England in 1768 after the expulsion of the Jesuits from South America. The present work was compiled from his experiences and forms "a valuable record of observations in a hitherto comparatively unknown country" (DNB). Sabin 23734; Spence 451.
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