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Lot 1322: 2V Basil Hall EXTRACTS FROM A JOURNAL WRITTEN ON THE COASTS OF CHILI 1824 Antique Exploration Chile Peru Mexico South America HMS Conway Fold-Out Chart
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Extracts from a Journal Written on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822
Author: Basil Hall - Basil Hall, FRS (31 December 1788 – 11 September 1844) was a British naval officer from Scotland, a traveler, and an author. He was the second son of Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet, an eminent man of science. [Courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: From the preface: "The following Work [sic] is literally what the title-page expresses, Extracts from a copious Journal, written at very momentous periods, during short professional visits to the principal ports on the western coasts of South America and Mexico. It has no pretensions whatever to be considered as a detailed account of those countries. But, at the present moment, when everything connected with the New World engages so great a share of public attention, it was thought that a few characteristic sketches, by an eye-witness, of the progress of the revolutions, and of the state of society, domestic and political, in regions so little known, might be favorably received."
Condition / Notes: These former library volumes are re-bound in padded boards, with four raised bands and gilt lettering and ruling to the spines. The exteriors of these volumes are nearly new. The bindings are firm. The volumes are adorned with new marbled endpapers and ribbon bookmarks. A blank preliminary page in the first volume shows edge wear. Library stamps and pinhole stamps are present to the title page and first few pages of text in each volume, but the interiors are otherwise bright and clean. The first volume contains a well-preserved fold-out chart, with only a few spots of foxing, of the H.M.S. Conway's tracks on the South American station.
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