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SNOW, W. Parker
A TWO YEAR'S CRUISE OFF TIERRA DEL FUEGO The Falkland Islands, Patagonia, And In The River Plate: A Narrative Of Life In The Southern Seas.
Longman Brown Green Longmans & Roberts, 1857. First edition. Two volumes. 8vo. Publisher's blind stamped navy blue cloth, lettered gilt to the spine. Brick red endpapers with printed publisher's advertisements. Housed in a custom slipcase. A fine set. A little offsetting to the tissue guards, otherwise remarkably clean, bright and fresh both internally and externally. Six colour plates after drawings by Snow. Three folding maps. A beautiful set of Snow's narrative of his voyage to and travels in the South Seas.Snow was one of the great eccentrics of nineteenth century travel and following a Franklin Search voyage in 1850, took command of this expedition to the Southern Seas under the Patagonian Missionary Society. For two years he "carried missionaries and their stores between Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and stations on the mainland" (ODNB). Unsurprisingly, Snow fell out with the Missionary Society, was dismissed and had to make his own way back to England. There he wrote the present work before squandering the bulk of the proceeds on court action against the Missionary Society. Most uncommon in such pristine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Vendeur: Jonkers Rare Books [Henley on Thames, OXON, United Kingdom]
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