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BATES, Henry Walter;

Published by . London, John Murray, 1864, First one-volume edition, published the year after the first edition in two volumes. (1864)

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About this Item: . London, John Murray, 1864, First one-volume edition, published the year after the first edition in two volumes., 1864. 8vo [20.5 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 466, [ii, ads] pp, frontis, numerous plates and illustrations, foldout map of the Amazons from its mouth to Peru, with two map insets, index. original green pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, owner's signature on endpaper, internal hinge cracked but firm, edges lightly rubbed, but a very good copy, gilt bright. Borba de Moraes p 91 for 1st edition. The rare first edition of this classic of natural history exploration was published in London 1863. This second edition omits some of the technical detail but includes the entire personal narrative and most description of the natural history. The folding map which is present was not included in later editions. Bates, who spent over 11 years in the Amazon area, formed an enormous collection of 14,000 insects, which occupied scientists for years in classifying them. He went to South America with Alfred Russell Wallace and the two journeyed together for a time. Darwin encouraged him to write the book and recommended it for publication. In Darwin's words: "Bates is only excelled by Humboldt in his description of the tropical forest". His observations contributed to the theory of evolution, hence the importance of this book. "A splendid travel book" (Knight p. 180). Welch 33. Humphreys 1447. Goodman 606: 'One of the most interesting and pleasing of all the works written by the explorers.' The Dictionary of Scientific Biography describes it as 'one of the finest scientific travel books of the 19th century'. A picture of this book is available on request. Seller Inventory # A9515

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The Naturalist on the River Amazons; a: Henry Walter Bates

Henry Walter Bates

Published by John Murray, London (1863)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1863. Half leather. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No dj. First Edition. Tight clean 2 volume set bound in contemporary attractive and robust blue calf half-leather. Gilt bright on sunfaded spines. Raised bands and elaborate gilt tooled compartments, double leather title labels. The spine leather has a dried out appearance, but no powderiness thereby, and no hinge weakness or splitting. Irregularly ridged royal blue cloth with gilt keylines where it adjoins the leather. Marbled endpapers, marbled text block edges, shiny and sleek save for one misaligned page edge, which has been tipped in about 1mm proud. Folding map crisp and in good order. Neat armorial bookplates on pastedowns, free of other markings. Minor foxing freckles to prelims, text block clean with just the occasional freckle. Beautiful musky fruity old-book aroma with no trace of mould or dampness notes. Corners a little rubbed also hinge edges, what amounts to a pleasant patina. Bound without adverts. ix+351pp+folding map, vi+423pp, double flyleaves, engraved plates as called for. An important work by an accomplished contemporary of Darwin. Size: 12mo. Seller Inventory # L13066

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The Naturalist on the River Amazons, a: Bates, Henry Walter

Bates, Henry Walter (1825-1892)

Published by John Murray, London (1863)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1863. First Edition. First Edition. Frontispieces, 7 full-page plates, numerous text illustrations, and 1 folding map of the Amazon at end of Vol. I. . viii, [ii], 351, 423pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Natural Selection in Brazil. "THE BEST WORK OF NATURAL HISTORY TRAVELS PUBLISHED IN ENGLAND" First edition of "one of the finest scientific travel books of the 19th century" (DSB). Borba de Moraes p 91; Howgego, B14; Wood p.225; Sabin 3932a Three quarters blue morocco and cloth, a.e.g, with gilt stamp of the Royal Geographical Society. Prize from RGS to Miss A. Eve Queen's Scholar. Fine Frontispieces, 7 full-page plates, numerous text illustrations, and 1 folding map of the Amazon at end of Vol. I. . viii, [ii], 351, 423pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Seller Inventory # 307698

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About this Item: London John Murray, 1863. First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, I: viii, [2] (list of illustrations, blank), 351, [1](blank), 32 (publisher's ads)pp., with frontispiece, 4 plates, and 13 in-text illustrations (of which one full-page), II: [2](blank), vi, 423, [1](blank)pp., with frontispiece, 3 plates, and 20 in-text illustrations; a few leaves creased, minor spotting to early leaves; publishers brown cloth gilt by Edmonds & Remnants; corners and edges bumped, rubbed, a few marks, endpapers dust-stained, nonetheless a good copy. Henry Bates (1825 1892) was an English naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals. He was most famous for his expedition to the rain forests of the Amazon with Alfred Russel Wallace, starting in 1848. Wallace returned in 1852, but lost his collection on the return voyage when his ship caught fire. When Bates arrived home in 1859 after a full eleven years, he had sent back over 14,712 species (mostly of insects) of which 8,000 were, according to Bates, new to science. Seller Inventory # 97563

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The naturalist on the River Amazon: BATES, Henry Walter

BATES, Henry Walter

Published by John Murray, London (1863)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1863. FIRST EDITION. Separate frontispieces, 7 full-page illustrations plus numerous text illustrations and 1 folding map. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards; a very nice copy, though without the publisher's advertisements often found in Volume I. First edition of what Darwin called "the best work on natural travels ever published in England." Bates discovered more than eight thousand new species during an expedition to the Amazon undertaken by him and Wallace to gather facts "towards solving the problem of the origin of species." "During the whole of his sojourn amid the Brazilian forests his speculations were approximating to the theory of natural selection, and upon the publication of the Origin of species he became a staunch and thoroughgoing adherent of the Darwinian hypothesis" (DNB). Seller Inventory # 4722

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A Naturalist on the River Amazons. A: Bates, Henry Walter
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About this Item: J. Murray, 1863. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. London: J. Murray, 1883. First edition in two vols. In original red & black calf with marbled boards and marbling on page ends. Some light foxing on endpapers and on front plate in 2nd vol; otherwise bindings tight and pages are clean. Both books are in VG+ condition. book. Seller Inventory # 10032

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NATURALIST ON THE RIVER AMAZONS, A Record: Bates, Henry Walter.

Bates, Henry Walter.

Published by John Murray,, London: (1863)

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About this Item: John Murray,, London:, 1863. Hardcover. Condition: Near fine. 1st ed. 351 pp.; 423 pp. First edition; first printing; Binding fine; text near fine, minor fading at edges; light damp stain title page vol. II. Vol. I: [iii]-viii; [1]-351; f.p., pristine folding map at rear, + 4 leaves of black and white plates, including 12 engravings; and [1]-32 pp. of Mr. Murray's adverts at the rear. Vol. II: [iii]-vi; [1]-423; fp.; + 3 leaves of plates including 20 engravings. 8vo bound in later maroon buckram rebacked with original cloth over new boards; gold lettering stamped upper cover and across the spine; marble endpapers; red and yellow headbands; fp; black and white plates; fold-out map. See additional images provided. 1250 copies; two frontispieces and plates illustrate Bates' adventures. Bates, a naturalist and amateur entomologist, accompanied Alfred Russel Wallace in their historic expedition to the Brazilian Amazon in 1847. Bates collected over 14,000 insects in 11 years, plus specimens of many animals and plants, many unknown, and sent them back to England. After a year they split up, Wallace staying three more years, Bates remaining a total of 11 years. Bates fascination with the rain forest and discovery of many species new to science made him one of the foremost naturalists of the 19th century. Quoting Borba 91, "The classification of all the insects Bates sent back to England occupied scientists for many years. It was Darwin who encouraged him to write this book, which today is a classic. In Darwin's words: 'Bates is only excelled by Humboldt in his description of the tropical forest.' ?Wallace, Bates, Darwin, and Spruce were the great English naturalists of the nineteenth century, and the founders and defenders of the theory of the origin of species, a theory originating from Bates' observations in Brazil. Size: 8vo. 0.0. Seller Inventory # 3425

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