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A Visit to Columbia in the Years 1822 & 1823. By Laguayra and Caracas, over the Cordillera to Bogota, and thence by the Magdalena to Cartagena.
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas H. Palmer, for the author, 1826 - Octavo. Original white paper backed grey boards, titles printed black to paper label to spine, edges untrimmed. Stamp of the American Philosophical Society to the title page, their bookplate to front pastedown. Wear to extremities, rubbing to boards, short closed tear to front free binder's blank; a very good copy. Aquatint frontispiece and plate. First edition. This work, "written as a political travelogue", provides a comprehensive history and geographical account of the region. Duane, who was briefly Secretary of the Treasury in 1833, argues in this work for the "future commercial and political importance of South America to the United States". Duane had applied in 1820 for the role of United States ambassador to the new Columbian republic, a role he was denied due to being involved in a deal to supply arms to a number of South American revolutionaries, which Monroe described as "unworthy and dishonourable". The journey documented in this work was not as a government official but rather in the employment of a Philadelphian merchant Jacob Idler, who had hired Duane to secure payment for a number of goods and arms Idler had sent to Columbia during their struggle with Spain. An uncommon book with four copies traced at auction and just one copy traced on OCLC. Sabin 20994; Nigel Little, Transoceanic Radical: William Duane: National Identity and Empire, 1760-1835, p. 175. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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