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The Republic of Uruguay, Monte Video, Geographical, Social, and Political to which is appended, Life in the River Plate, a Manual for Emigrants.
Effingham Wilson. London. 1862. - Full-page and in-text wood engravings, plus four folding maps with outline hand-color, 72pp, 7 1/8 x 5 inches, stiff card wrappers (softbound). Tightly bound with cloth or thick paper spine, possibly a later embellishment. Covers lightly soiled; very good, clean condition. "By Authority of the Monte Videan Government." A booklet evidently prepared for distribution at the Great London Exposition of 1862. Chapters include Memoranda for Emigrants: the Voyage Out; the Introduction, wherein it is written "The little knowledge possessed in Europe of the economical and political institutions of this fine country, have determined the publication of the geographical and statistical information contained in these pages"; following is the main chapter, The Republic of Uruguay, Monte Video, Geographical, Social, and Political which details climate, vegetable productions, trees (utility of), minerals, animals (race horses and fine wool etc.), institutions (hospitals, schools), land and water communication, post offices, commerce, summary of professions, details of the various departments, etc. There follows a chapter Life in the River Plate and a Catalogue of the Articles Exhibited in the Uruguay Department, International Exhibition, London 1862, with information on Jury Awards. A concluding piece discusses Land Sales and Profits in the River Plate. The rear cover quotes from the Times of August 29, 1862: "The Monte Videan territory - for it is better known by the name of its capital - is limited, but extremely fertile, well watered, possesses excellent pastures, an abundance of minerals, as yet unexplored. The deficiency of labour is so great that any man who offers is hired as a shepherd, at wages equal to about £40 per annum, besides rations. This rich and healthy territory, which could easily maintain a population of 2,000,000, probably does not contain 200,000." The four maps in the volume are 1) The World (Route from the United Kingdom to the River Plate) 9 x 11¼ inches; outline coloring of South America and the British Isles. 2) Banda Oriental Republic of Uruguay; Route from Monte Video to Mercedes Estancia Maua: 9 x 5 3/4 inches w/ outline hand color. 3) Valley of the River Plate, Monte Video to Mercedes: 5 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches with outline hand color. 4) Estancia Mauà, Mercedes, Monte Video 1862. Plan of the Estate of his Excellency Snr. Baron De Mauà in the Republic of Uruguay: 11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches with outline hand color. Modest discoloration to front and rear boards but overall a scarce guidebook associated with the Great Exhibition of 1862 in remarkably good condition. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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