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EXPLORING AND TRAVELLING THREE THOUSAND MILES THROUGH BRAZIL from Rio de Janeiro to Maranh?o. With an Appendix Containing Statistics and Observations on Climate, Railways, Central Sugar Factories, Mining, Commerce, and Finance; the Past, Present, and Future, and Physical Geography of Brazil. TWO VOLUMES.
Lippincott,, Philadelphia: 1886 - 411 pp.; 386 pp. First U.S. edition; green cloth; dark brown and gilt stamped upper cover; gilt stamped spine; black endpapers; map; fp. with tissue guard; black and white illustrations; one fold-out map (vol. 1). 2 frontispieces, numerous illus. some full-page, 5 maps including 2 folding and in color, tables, index. Vol. 1: xix, 411; vol. II: xii, 386. Binding tight; boards minor wear; prelims and fp. oxidized otherwise internally fine; see additional images provided. Wells traveled overland from Rio de Janeiro to S?o Luis de Maranh?o. Quoting the text, p. 223: "The appearance of these cerrados resembles a stunted fruit orchard in England; the trees are wide apart, dwarfed in height, extremely distorted both in trunks and branches, and the bark of many varieties much resembles cork; the foliage is generally dry, hard, rough, and brittle; the trees resist equally heat or cold, drought or rain. After the queimadas, or annual burnings, the intervening spaces, or surface of the ground between the trees, are as clean and level as a school playground, but often strewed with shite or crystal quartz pebbles; previous to being burnt, there is a good deal of low bushes and flowering shrubs, and of thin tufts of wiry grass that after one year's growth become so dry and acrid that it us useless for pastoral purposes, but after being burnt previous to the rains that set in usually in September and October, the grasses rapidly spring up in young green shoots, affording excellent grazing for cattle. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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