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Rough Notes of a Journey through the Wilderness, from Trinidad to ParĂ¡, Brazil, by way of the Great Cataracts of the Orinoco, Atabapo, and Rio Negro. With Illustrations drawn on the spot by the Author.
London: W.H.J. Carter, 1872. First edition. 8vo; pp. xiv, (4), 301. Publisher's dark brown cloth with gilt titles and illustration to spine, same illustration blind stamped to centre of upper, blind stamped frieze to boards. Inscribed by the publisher, W.H.J. Carter, the Author's father in law, to his brother in law, dated June 30, 1873. Binding and gilt rubbed; recased; very light occasional markings. With a frontispiece and 15 lithographic plates. 'Sir Henry Alexander Wickham (May 29, 1846 & September 27, 1928) was an explorer, author, plant collector and planter, and a pioneer of the British and Colonial rubber industry in the 19th century. He was responsible for gathering 70,000 seeds from Brazil's rubber-bearing tree, Hevea brasiliensis, in 1876. These he accompanied to the Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens from where seedlings were dispatched to Malasia, Africa, Batavia, and other tropical destinations, thus dooming the Amazonian rubber boom. As a direct result Malaya (now Malaysia) was soon to become the biggest producer of rubber. An important and rare text - the first we have seen in 10 years - let alone with such an inscription.
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