Explorations of the Highlands of the Brazil; with A Full Account of the Gold and Diamond Mines. Also, Canoeing Down 1500 Miles of the Great River São Francisco, From Sabará to the Sea - Captain Richard F. Burton 1869 - Tinsley Brothers, London - First Edition, First Issue An exceptionally clean two volume set in the original publisher’s gilt decorated cloth, mostly uncut and unopened, and without library stamps or labels. Both volumes with engraved frontispiece plates, additional engraved title pages and a large folding map of Brazil.

Appointed British consul in Santos in 1865, Burton sailed to Rio de Janeiro. Together with his wife he spent three months touring the Minas Gerais and it’s gold mining district, which is described in volume I. Isabel then returned to Rio with a sprained ankle at which point Burton, true to character, made a 2,000 kilometre descent of the Rio São Francisco by raft, the fantastic and detailed description of which can be found in volume II.

Burton continued his travels in South America whilst Lady Burton sailed back to England, commissioned with with seeing this work ‘
through the press’. In the short and revealing preface she expresses her personal feelings regarding her husband’s views on religion and polygamy, requesting that the ‘fair or gentle reader’ bear in mind that her husband was writing ‘from a high moral pedestal’.
  First issue as described by Penzer with the folding map facing page 1 of volume II.

Provenance: From the library of A. Cluff, with his bookplate designed by Gavin Stamp and dated ‘MCMLXXVII’ (1977) to front free endpapers of both volumes.

References: Cox,
Encyclopedia of Travel 1850 to 1940, Continental Exploration, B97. Penzer, Annotted Bibliography, 78. Casada 33. Levine, Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics 131. Eakin, British Enterprise in Brazil 286.

Octavo, two volumes (book size 23.2x16cm), pp. xii 443 [1]; viii 478 [2 (advertisements)]. Mostly unopened with pages uncut. In publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, boards decorated in blind and with gilt vignettes blocked to front boards, brown coated endpapers.
    Condition: Near fine with the majority of pages still unopened, occasional rubbing to cloth, hint of toning and gilt slightly dulled to spines, a few rear gatherings in both volumes slightly over-opened, some light spotting to first and last few pages.   Ref: 107673   Price: HK$ 19,000