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[Brazil and Argentina; Austro-Hungarian Empire's exploration].
Reise S.M. Corvette
1885. Pola. Carl Gerold's Sohn. 8vo, (233 x 154 mm). 56 pp., 3 folding lithographed maps. Contemporary printed wrappers over cloth-backed boards, spine sunned. One map with tear not causing loss; aside from that, it is a virtually perfect copy.- First edition; an excessively rare account of the voyage of the Austrian corvette Aurora to Brazil and the River Plate region in the years 1884-1885, becoming one of the earliest Austro-Hungarian efforts in the region, part of the measurements taken by Sterneck, who was in command of the navy (1883-92). This is the expedition’s official account, it is illustrated with a general folding map of the world outlining the route followed by the corvette and two regional maps of the coasts of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina (focused on the River Plate region). The year following its return, the Aurora sailed towards East Asia, studying the feasibility of extending Austro-Hungarian shipping lines beyond their terminus at Hong Kong. Very rare, we can’t trace the copy as having sold according to RBH; institutionally we can only trace 2 copies, both in Slovenia (Institute of Information Science and Slovenian Academy of Science & Arts). We can’t trace the book in any of the standard references.
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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