Travels in the Interior of Brazil

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Travels in the interior of Brazil : particulary in the gold and diamond districts of that country, by authority of the prince regent of Portugal : including a voyage to the Rio de la Plata and an historical sketch of the revolution of Buenos Ayres

By John Mawe (1764-1829). London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812.

Author John Mawe, a dealer and expert in gems and minerals, was the first to reveal the full range of Brazil’s mineral wealth, which the Portuguese government kept closed to Europeans. Briefly detained as a spy in Montevideo, he reached Brazil and was given access to the inland mining districts, including Minas Geraes. There he recorded the localities, processes, and tools of the industry, along with a great deal of general information about the land and people of Brazil. His book was a bestseller, ultimately published in many editions and translations. Darwin carried a copy of it with him on the voyage of the Beagle in the 1830s. Our copy is a first edition, with all nine plates, including one of minerals that is colored by hand; it has been rebound in modern library buckram.

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