9 June 2004
MAWE, John (1764-1829). Travels in the Interior of Brazil, particularly in the Gold and Diamond Districts of that Country. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1812.
4o (275 x 220 mm). Engraved frontispiece and 8 plates, one colored (some spotting). Late 19th/early 20th-century blue half morocco (joints rubbed); marbled board slipcase (parted along folds).
FIRST EDITION. This book was the first in English to tell of Brazil's gemmological wealth. The frontispiece plate has become a historically important visual documenting diamond washing. Mawe, a noted mineralogist, was the first eyewitness of the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. Borba de Moraes II:40.
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