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MATHISON, Gilbert Farquhar.
Narrative of a Visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru and the Sandwich Islands During the Years 1821 and 1822 with Miscellaneous Remarks on the Past and Present State and Political Prospects of Those Countries

London: Charles Knight, Pall Mall, 1825.
Sabin 46858. Abbey Travel 700. Jud 119. Gunnewell 54. Hill 194; Bobins III 816
London: Charles Knight, Pall Mall, 1825.

8vo [23.5 x 15 cm]; xii, [i], 478, [ii, ads] pp, 4 aquatint plates including 3 hand coloured, folding engraved map of Sandwich Islands, with Woahoo inset. Bound in original paper boards with new spine and end papers, spine with black title lettering, edges of boards a little rubbed, edges uncut, MS signature in ink to upper margin of title, light offsetting of frontis on title page, a very good clean and sound copy. More than a third of the book relates to Brazil, the author gives an account of Rio de Janeiro and its environs. . . the rest of the book concerns Chile, Peru and the Hawaiian Islands. . . much on cultural life. The description on Hawaii includes the natives, missionaries, government, the royal family, shipping, Canton trade, etc. The plates include riding costume of Peruvian females, costume plate of females of Lima, a Sandwich Islander in native costume with spear, ancient stone with drawings found in Woahoo. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Riding Costume of Peruvian Females. 2. Females of Lima. 3. Ancient Stone found in the Interior of Woahoo. 4. Sandwich Islander.