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BODDAM-WHETHAM, J[ohn], W[ hetham]
Roraima and British Guiana with a glance at Bermuda, the West Indies, and the Spanish Main.
London Hurst and Blackett, 1879. First edition. 8vo ( 23 x 15 cm); xiv, 364pp.,16pp. adverts, half-title, folding map, engraved frontispiece, some foxing on preliminary pages and to the fore-edge; publisher's dark green cloth gilt, slightly rubbed in places; housed in modern black slipcase; overall a very good copy This is the story of the expedition to climb the "unclimbable" Mount Roraima. The author, a well known naturalist and traveller, joined a colonial government led exhibition to reach the summit of the mountain, but after a long trek through the rainforest they were unsuccessful. "One of the greatest marvels and mysteries of the earth lies on the outskirt of one of our own colonies." (preface). Mount Roraima served as a template for Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World and is located in the northernmost and least populated state of Brazil, in the Amazon region, bordering the states of Amazonas and Pará and the countries of Venezuela and Guyana. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books [London, United Kingdom]
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