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GRAHAM, Maria Dundas (afterwards Lady Callcott).
JOURNAL of a RESIDENCE in CHILE, DURING the YEAR 1822, and a VOYAGE from CHILE to BRAZIL in 1823.
London Longman Hurst Rees Orme Brown and Green and John Murray. FIRST EDITION 1824. 4to, approximately 270 x 220 mm, 10½ x 8½ inches, illustrated with 14 uncoloured aquatint full page plates, 12 by Maria Graham and 2 by Augustus Earle, all engraved by Edward Finden, plus 10 woodcut vignettes in the text, pages: [8], 1-512. Signatures: A-3T4 (F3 is a cancel). Rebound at sometime in 19th century half green roan over marbled boards, fore-edge and lower edge stained red, binder's small ticket on first pastedown. Binding rubbed, small cracks to head and foot of upper hinge and head of lower hinge, corners slightly worn with board just showing, brown offset to title page and frontispiece (see attached image), all plates have pale offset from text and the page opposite has varying pale brown offset from plates, occasional small fox spot to margins, 2 small old ink notes and 1 letter corrected, otherwise a very clean copy. Maria Graham was invited to accompany her husband aboard HMS Doris, a 36-gun frigate under his command. The destination was Chile, and the purpose was to protect British mercantile interests in the area. In April 1822, shortly after the ship had rounded Cape Horn, her husband died of a fever, so HMS Doris arrived in Valparaiso without a captain, but with a distraught captain's widow. All the naval officers stationed in Valparaiso – British, Chilean and American – tried to help Maria (one American captain even offered to sail her back to Britain), but she was determined to manage on her own. She rented a small cottage, turned her back on the English colony ("I say … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A. [Oxford, United Kingdom]

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