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THE RIO BRANCO, URARICUERA AND PARIMA
The Geographical Journal for February, March, and April, 1928. - Reprinted from The Geographical Journal for February, March, and April, 1928. Near fine in printed wrappers. Includes numerous black-and-white plates and two extra large fold-out colour maps. This is a fascinating expedition report on explorations in South America. The area under consideration is Brazilian Guayana, and is the north-east portion of a huge quadrilateral that may be delimited by lines dropped from Bogota, Columbia, and Mount Roraima, to Iquitos, Peru, and Manaos, Amazonas, respectively, and the two western points connected with their eastern opposites by parallels. As a geographer and explorer, Dr. Rice specialized in rivers. He had begun to explore the Amazon Basin in South America in 1907 and mapped a number of previously unknown rivers in the north-western area. He led seven expeditions in all, this report delineates his last one commenced in 1924-1925. During this expedition he explored over 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 km2) of the Amazon Basin. He ascended the Orinoco River to its headwaters, traversed the natural Casiquiare canal, and descended the Rio Branco to the Amazon at Manaus. This was the first expedition to use aerial photography and shortwave radio for mapping. On this, his seventh expedition, which was conducted in conjunction with the Department of Tropical Medicine of Harvard University, the primary objectives were both geographical exploration and medical investigation. Specific locations included Manaus, Rio Negro; Boa Vista; Serra do Parima; and Rio Branco (Roraima). Tribal groups encountered include: Shirianes, Maiongongs, and Xirixanes. This is Dr. Rice's fascinating first-hand account of surveys of the Rio Branco and insight into the life and customs of Indian Nations including the Makuxi, Uapixana and Jaricuna. In 1924 the well-known geographer penetrated to the eastern flanks of the Parima Massif, on Brazil's Parima River, where he noted obvious malnutrition. Rice concluded that these remote Yanomami ".are not the fierce and intractable people that legend ascribes them to be, but for the most part poor, undersized, inoffensive creatures who eke out a miserable existence." (Tierney, ch. 16). This copy is inscribed "with compliments" by Dr. Rice to noted Polar explorer/ethnologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson and is very scarce and desirable thus. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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