SCHOMBURGK, SIR ROBERT HERMANN ( 1804-1865). TWELVE VIEWS IN THE INTERIOR OF GUIANA... AFTER SKETCHES TAKEN DURING THE EXPEDITION... IN... 1835 TO 1839. LONDON: WHITEHEAD & CO. FOR ACKERMANN & CO., 1841.
2° (534 X 365MM). 2PP. SUBSCRIBER'S LIST, DEDICATION TO THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE WITH HIS ARMS PRINTED IN GILT. HAND-COLOURED ADDITIONAL LITHOGRAPHIC TITLE BY M.GAUCI AFTER CHARLES BENTLEY, PRINTED BY P.GAUCI, 12 FINE HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPHIC VIEWS BY GEORGE BARNARD, COKE SMYTH AND P.GAUCI AFTER CHARLES BENTLEY, PRINTED BY GAUCI AND CHARLES HULLMANDEL, 12 WOOD-ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS BY G.P.NICHOLLS AFTER CHARLES BLUNT, THE VIEWS ALL AFTER ORIGINAL SKETCHES BY JOHN MORRISON, ONE ENGRAVED MAP BY JOHN MURRAY, OUTLINED IN RED AND BLUE. MID-20TH CENTURY BROWN MOROCCO GILT BY ZAEHNSDORF, SPINE IN SIX COMPARTMENTS WITH RAISED BANDS, LETTERED IN THE SECOND AND THIRD, THE OTHERS WITH REAPEAT DECORATION COMPOSED FROM VARIOUS SMALL TOOLS, GILT EDGES (LIGHT SCUFFING TO LOWER OUTER CORNER OF COOVER). PROVENANCE: G.R. NICOLAUS (MONOGRAMMED BLUE-LEATHER BOOK-LABEL).
A FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE MORE EXPENSIVE HAND-COLOURED COPIES OF THIS RARE AND IMPORTANT WORK, it was published at £2/12/6d uncoloured and 4 guineas coloured. Schomburgk, as a result of the journey described here, discovered and sent to England the Victoria Regia waterlily, and was awarded the R.G.S.'s gold medal for the scientific work undertaken and in 1840 was able to suggest a possible border between Venezuela and British Guiana, the so-called 'Schomburgk line'. The British government adopted his suggestions and between 1841-3, as a commissioner, he surveyed and marked out the boundary. As is made clear in the preface, sketches were made under the direction of Schomburgk by James Morrison (the expedition's draughtsman), these were then worked up Charles Bentley in London, and plates were produced from these finished sketches. Abbey Travel 720; Sabin 77796.