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A description of Patagonia, and the adjoining parts of South America and some particulars relating to the Falklands Islands
1774 - A Jesuit traveller in Patagonia, after serving in a ship trafficking slaves. 1774. Hereford. C. Puch. In 4to (265 mm x 203 mm). 2 ff. + 10 + 144 + 2 folding maps. Nineteenth century half morocco by Lloyd of London, upper cover lettered in gilt “Cruising Association Library”, raised bands to spine, tooled and lettered in gilt, with monogram “C” to lower compartment of spine. Excellent copy, very large; with crisp paper and virtually flawless examples of the two folding maps. First edition. Falkner (1702 – 1784) was a singular character, born a Calvinist in Manchester; he studied medicine in England and in 1729 enrolled in a slave-trafficking vessel, which took him to Buenos Aires –along with their cargo. There, after falling ill, a Jesuit Priest convinced him of abandoning Calvinism and converting into Catholicism. Falkner became a Jesuit in Cordoba, travelling extensively throughout Argentina and working in Paraguay, Santiago del Estero, Tucuman and other places for 38 years. His travels were the basis of his work, consisting of entirely new information. Falkner is one of the first to dispute the existence of a race of giants in Patagonia. The map, in two sheets by Thomas Kitchin, is extraordinary, probably one of the most detailed of the region to date; embellished with a large cartouche portraying natives of the Patagonia “The Great Cacique Cangapol”, it is mentioned in pp. 26 “I have endeavored to draw his likeness as well as I could by memory. . . . He must have been seven feet and some inches in height; because, on tiptoe, I could not reach to the top of his head”. Sabin, 23734. Palau, 86485. Streit, 972. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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