New Worlds to Conquer - Richard Halliburton 1929 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition ‘Somewhere a lizard stirred the leaves ... Furtively I looked about me, realizing that in the darkness the boa-constrictors would be abroad creeping forth from the ancient tombs and slinking down the leafy avenues...’

New Worlds to Conquer
was Halliburton's  third book and contains a knapsack full of that adventurer's gold – dreams brought to reality by the alchemy of his courage and daring. The book details how Halliburton set off for Latin America in search of adventure, and find it he did. He dived to the bottom of the Mayan Well of Death, from which hundreds of skeletons had been dredged, then swam fifty miles down the length of the Panama Canal. Not content, he climbed to the crest of Mexico's lofty Mount Popocatepetl, twice, and roamed over the infamous Devil’s Island. Yet his most amazing adventure occurred when he had himself marooned on the same island which had once held Robinson Crusoe captive.
  Richard Halliburton was the most dashing and handsome adventure traveler America ever had. During the roaring 1920s and 30s he traveled the world like a whirlwind, risking his life performing daredevil stunts like swimming the Panama Canal, or diving into the accursed Mayan Well of Death, not once but twice. He was welcomed by royalty, lived on Devil's Island, and enlisted in the French Foreign Legion.

Halliburton disappeared in 1939 while trying to sail a Chinese junk from China to San Francisco, the victim of a legendary typhoon, his last message from the radio of the sinking junk was ‘Wish You Were Here’

Provenance: from the library of Marie Rose Tarabino, with her bookplate, and gift inscription dedicated to her, dated December 25, 1929.

Classic Travel Books, web.
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First Edition points: Dust jacket with ‘Bobbs-Merrill’ to spine, book with ‘First Edition’ stated on copyright page, ‘The Bobbs-Merrill Company’ to title page and copyright page, size 24 x 16.5 cm (9 1/4 x 6 3/4”). Star Books/Garden City Publishing Co. released a smaller $1.00 edition the same year, size 20.5 x 15 cm (8 x 6”), with frontispiece and jacket illustration matching the Bobbs-Merrill edition, but colour being a dark orange.
  Condition: Very good, lightly rubbed at extremities, text block slightly toned, in very good, price-clipped dust jacket, a few short closed tears along panel edges, minor wear to corners, some rubbing to yellow of front panel.   Ref: 106893   Price: HK$ 1,200