CAMPBELL, William Orr. Through Patagonia. London, Bickers & Son, 1901.
Small 8vo. Original grey cloth, illustrated and lettered in white; pp. viii, 96, folding map with Campbell's route in red tipped onto rear free endpaper; light marking to cloth; offsetting from endpapers, small marginal repair to map, otherwise very good; ownership inscription to title.
Very rare first edition, privately printed. In 2003 two great grandchildren of the author and traveller found a copy of the present book in the attic and re-anacted William Orr Campbell's journey. In an interview in The Observer they stated that their great grandfather 'was your typical Victorian explorer, seized by the spirit of adventure. He set off round the world and ended up in Patagonia at 21. He stayed three years, travelling around on horseback, and wrote his short guide when he finally got back to England. In the book he lists who you should call on when you get to Buenos Aires and gives advice on what you should take - it's all quite specific - he was clearly expecting people to use the book as a guide. It's wonderfully un-PC in places and interspersed with illustrative stories on things like the importance of tethering your horses properly and little anecdotes such as how he crossed rivers by tying a lasso to his horse's tail and got dragged across. We just saw it as a challenge. There are three copies we know of, one in the British Library' (November 14, 2004). - There was even a BBC documentary about the two brothers' journey in 2004.