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WATERTON, Charles

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Charles Waterton (1781-1865) was a famous English naturalist, explorer, taxidermist, pioneering conservationist and overall polymath interested in anything and everything. first visited British Guiana with his father in 1804. He subsequently returned on 4 occasions between 1812 and 1824, during which time he travelled extensively in the Guianas and across the northern part of South America. He was one of the first to observe the birds and animals of the tropics. He described his discoveries in this book ‘Wanderings in South America,’ which inspired Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

 

This 1825 first edition of Waterton’s ‘Wanderings’ catered to the reading public’s taste for adventures with its descriptions of a fight with a boa constrictor and the capture of crocodiles and his descriptive writing caused a stir in Victorian England with the publication of a drawing of a half man, half animal creature he was supposed to have seen labeled on the frontispiece ‘The Nondescript’. This specimen is still on display at the Wakefield Museum, along with other items from Waterton’s collection.

 

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1825 1ed Wanderings South America Natural History Darwin & Wallace Inspiration

 

Charles Waterton (1781-1865) was a famous English naturalist, explorer, taxidermist, pioneering conservationist and overall polymath interested in anything and everything. first visited British Guiana with his father in 1804. He subsequently returned on 4 occasions between 1812 and 1824, during which time he travelled extensively in the Guianas and across the northern part of South America. He was one of the first to observe the birds and animals of the tropics. He described his discoveries in this book ‘Wanderings in South America,’ which inspired Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

 

This 1825 first edition of Waterton’s ‘Wanderings’ catered to the reading public’s taste for adventures with its descriptions of a fight with a boa constrictor and the capture of crocodiles and his descriptive writing caused a stir in Victorian England with the publication of a drawing of a half man, half animal creature he was supposed to have seen labeled on the frontispiece ‘The Nondescript’. This specimen is still on display at the Wakefield Museum, along with other items from Waterton’s collection.

 

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WATERTON, Charles

 

Wanderings in South America, the North-West of the United States, and the Antilles, in the years 1812, 1816, 1820, and 1824 : with original instructions for the perfect preservation of birds, &c., for cabinets of natural history

 

London : J. Mawman, 1825.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [vii], 326
  • References: Sabin 102094; Borba 937; Howego W16
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~11.5in X 9in (29cm x 23cm)

 

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7306

Categories

Natural History

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

WATERTON, Charles

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete