9 June 2004
SCHMIDTMEYER, Peter. Travels into Chile, over the Andes, in the Years 1820 and 1821. London: Printed for the Author, and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1824.
4o (280 x 222 mm). 2 folding lithographed plans (one hand-colored), 26 lithographed plates, including 8 hand-colored and one folding, by G. Scharf and A. Aglio after Schmidtmeyer and General J. Paroissien (title and several plates with repaired tears, occasionally crossing image, some spotting throughout). Original boards, black paper spine label (skilfully rebacked preserving original spine); blue quarter morocco chemise; morocco-faced slipcase.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Schmidtmeyer's work, previously published in Paris, contains "sketches of the productions and agriculture; mines and metallurgy; inhabitants, history, and other features, of America; particularly of Chile, and Arauco." Abbey Travel 715; Sabin 77692.
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