The Naturalist on the River Amazons

The Naturalist on the River Amazons

London John Murray 1863 First Edition 8vo (19.2 x 12.3 cm). 2 vols. Bound in half green morocco with green pebble boards. Spine has raised bands with gilt decoration. Title in gilt on red morocco label; author and volume stamped in gilt in separate panels. Wear to hinges, some loss to ends of spine and corners. Collation: Vol. 1 - ix, 351 pp. + folding map and engraved frontispiece; Vol. 2 - vi, 423 pp. Folding map & 8 plates with illustrations in the text, one of which is full page. Minor foxing present in a few preliminaries of both volumes. Vol. 1 has some localized gutter stain affecting clear area near the bottom of frontispiece and title page. The remaining text and plates are very good. There is a cut out copy of the obituary for Bates that appeared in the Times on 17 Feb. 1892 pasted on marble front paste down and free end paper of volume 1. Very Good Contemporary half green morocco (Item ID: 0000327)


Wood(p.225) describes Bates travels as "The first edition of a famous work-the results of travels during the years 1848-59, when 14,712 natural history specimens were collected, 8,000 being new to science, 360 species of birds were collected-being named by Dr. Sclater." Bates was a self-educated man who had a keen interest and support for Darwin and the theory of evolution. Bates narrative in these two volumes is an excellent example of great naturalist writing. This is one of the most amazing and enriching explorations conducted in the 19th century in which Wallace participated for a time. Bates' collection of specimens was unparalleled and offered the scientific community a window into the marvelous natural history of the Amazon river and environs. (Howgego, B14)

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