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A very good original Victorian Binding. First edition. Tall 8vo. pp.21/[3pp.]/pp.268. 10.25" x 6.75" x 1.25". Blue cloth with rubbed gilt title and image to front board. Corners bumped and edges lightly rubbed. Spine with gilt decoration, top & tail of spine a little rubbed. original brown endpapers. Armorial bookplate to the verso of the front board: "John L. Middleton", with the Middleton Clan Motto: Fortis In Arduis (Brave in difficulties). Inked book-owner's stamp to front free-enpaper (crossed throug). Clean text and maps throughout, just a little light foxing to the first and last leaves. The author describes his journey to Guiana, Dutch Guiana, Surinam, Amazon basin, Maroni River, Georgetown, Essequibo River, Angostura, Gulf of Paria, Orinoco and then to Trinidad, Martinique, Florida, Jamaica, with descriptions of wildlife, nature, plants, aboriginal tribes, settlements, whale fishing, local customs, etc. There are 4 chapters on Florida. The folding maps are of the watershed between Guiana and the Amazon and of the Everglade region of Florida. The illustrations include views, Indian weapons, living conditions, river scenes, plant life, etc. Referenced by: Welch 54 ; Hilton 9535 ; Spain & Spanish America 664 ; Cundall 334. ** "Henry Windsor Villiers-Stuart (13 September 1827 – 12 October 1895), was a British soldier, politician, clergyman and author. He was the son of Henry Villiers-Stuart, 1st and last Baron Stuart de Decies, son of Lord Henry Stuart and his wife, Lady Gertrude Amelia, daughter of George Mason-Villiers, 2nd Earl Grandison. His paternal great-grandfather was John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute, son of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. Henry Villiers-Stuart had a younger sister, Pauline, later Lady Wheeler Cuffe (died 5 July 1895). His mother was Theresia Pauline (née Ott), an Austrian Roman Catholic from Vienna. His parents married on 12 January 1826 in a Roman Catholic service at St James's, Spanish Place, London, and also under Scottish law, but there was uncertainty over whether Theresia was free to marry. Theresia's married name became Villiers-Stuart, and, as a result of her marriage, she was styled as Baroness Stuart de Decies on 10 March 1839. She died on 7 August 1867 at Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany and was interred at Villierstown, County Waterford, Ireland. Villiers-Stuart was educated at University College, Durham and served in the Austrian Imperial Army from 1844–46 and in the British Army from 1846-47. He was ordained in the Church of England and served as Vicar of Bulkington, Warwickshire from 1852–55, and of Napton from 1855–71, when he resigned Holy Orders to pursue a political career and was successfully returned to Parliament for County Waterford in 1873. His father died the following year and he then resigned his seat so that he could pursue his claim to the barony of Stuart de Decies. However, Stuart-Villiers was unable to satisfactorily claim that his parents were legally married and was not allowed to assume the title. He was again elected to the House of Commons for County Waterford in 1880, a seat he held until 1885. After the British intervention in Egypt in 1882 he was sent by the British government to report on the conditions of the people in that country, and produced several books on the topic, including Egypt after the War, which received the special recognition of Lord Dufferin, and his reports were published as a parliamentary blue-book. Villiers-Stuart was appointed High Sheriff of County Waterford for 1889. Villiers-Stuart married Mary Power in 1865. They had five sons and four daughters. He died in October 1895, aged 68, after falling from his boat on the River Blackwater, and drowning off Villierstown Quay, near his residence at Dromana, Waterford. His wife survived him by twelve years, dying in September 1907." - See Wikipedia .
Title: Adventures Amidst Equatorial Forests And Rivers Of South America; Also In The West Indies And The Wilds Of Florida. To Which Is Added 'Jamaica Revisited.' By Villiers Stuart, Of Dromana With Many Illustrations And Maps.
Categories: 19TH CENTURY,
Publisher: London : J. Murray, Albemarle Street, 1891 . 0:
ISBN Number: 0
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 44814
Keywords: 46308 Stuart, Henry Windsor Villiers Adventures Amidst Equatorial Forests And Rivers Of South America; Also In The West Indies And The Wilds Of Florida. To Which Is Added 'Jamaica Revisited. TRAVEL::19TH CENTURY,