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MAWE, John.
Travels in the interior of Brazil.

London: Longman, Hurst et al 2nd ed, 1823.
Sinkankas #4281 - Not Seen; Abbey Travel 709 (see notes); Bobins I 19.
London: Longman, Hurst et al 2nd ed, 1823.

8vo. pp 493 with 5 hand colour plates; 1 map; 3/4 tan leather over marbled boards. Spine comprised of six compartments, lettered in gilt to the second and fourth compartments. Minor edge wear to spine and boards, marbled endpapers, half title slightly soiled else very good. "Seldom seen and much enlarged second edition of Mawe's classic study of Brazil with much on the gold and diamond districts, beautifully illustrated with hand coloured plates. This second edition was revised by Mawe and divested of some details which were important at the time of the first issue but were later considered irrelevant. The first version of this work was published by Longman in 1812. Later editions were published with slightly differing title pages in 1821, 22 and 23. Mawe was imprisoned as an English Spy in Montevideo in 1805. Upon his liberty he accompanied General Whitelocke's expedition to Buenos Aires, and on his return to Montevideo he purchased a schooner and sailed to Brazil, putting in at various ports on the way. Being well received in the country, the Prince Regent, Dom Pedro, gave him permission to visit the diamond mines of Minas Geraes, and other parts of the interior in 1810-11. Mawe was also granted access to government archives. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Palace & Great Square in Rio de Janeiro. 2. Peon Catching Cattle / Ploughing for Wheat / Ostrich Nest. 3. (Horizontal elevation) Corn Mill / Pounding Machine / Assorted flora including Pine and Aloe. [Uncoloured map] 4. Break in the Hill, shewing the Topaz Mine at Capon / Bed of the river laid dry by an Aqueduct to collect the Alluvial soil in order to wash it for Diamonds, Gold &c. 5. Negroes Washing for Diamonds, Gold &c.