SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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KOSTER, Henry.
Travels in Brazil.

Travels in Brazil, first published in 1816, has proved to be ageless. It is a remarkably full and balanced account of one significant region of that mammoth land, Brazil. Henry Koster, an intuitively good storyteller, easily and naturally wove the commonplace as well as the uniqueness of everyday experience into the fabric of words that fairly mirrored the realities of life.

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816.
Bobins I 16; Abbey Travel II 704; Prideaux p. 255, 342; Sabin No. 38272;
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816.

Contemporary tree calf, expertly re-backed, with the original spine, laid down. Covers decoratively bordered in gilt, smooth spine decoratively tooled in gilt with green morocco gilt lettering, label, board edges decoratively tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers. "Ex Libris Michael Sharpe." affixed to front pastedown; 8 coloured aquatints. Further editions were published in America, France, and Germany. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE SCARCEST BOOKS ON BRAZIL. Henry Koster (1793-1820) was born in Portugal at the end of the eighteenth century. His father was a sugar dealer in Liverpool, with a branch in Porto. Henry lived in England but decided to move to a warmer and drier climate after contracting tuberculosis. Availing himself of the opportunity to accompany a friend of the family to Pernambuco, he arrived in Recife on December 7, 1809. His health improved, and he started his travel to Parahiba and Maranhao. He settled in Pernambuco and later acquired land in Itamarac. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. A Planter and his Wife on a Journey. 2. A Jangada. 3. Crossing a River. 4. A Sertanejo. 5. Fishing Canoe. 6. A Lady going to Visit. 7. A Cotton Carrier. 8. A Sugar Mill.