colombia and bolivar.
COCHRANE, Captain Charles Stuart. Journal of a Residence and Travels in Colombia, during the Years 1823 and 1824. London: S. and R. Bentley for Henry Colburn, 1825.
8vo (212 x 129mm), 2 volumes. Contemporary full English calf gilt, boards with gilt-ruled borders, board-edges decorated with blind roll, turn-ins ruled in blind, flat spines gilt in compartments, modern gilt lettering-pieces in 2, all edges marbled; pp. [iii]-xv, [1 (illustrations)], -524; II: [i]-viii, -515, [516 (blank)], 517 (errata for vols I and II), [1 (blank)]; hand-coloured aquatint frontispieces by R. Cooper et al., engraved folding map by Sidney Hall; a little rubbed and scuffed causing minor loss of gilt, partial splitting on joints of vol. I, bound without half-title in vol. I (none called for in II), some variable spotting, browning, and offsetting, some leaves a little creased, nonetheless a very good set of an uncommon work, retaining the errata leaf; provenance: J.H. Bannister (signatures on front free endpaper of vol. I).
First edition. The author went to Colombia for the purpose of investigating the pearl fisheries, and his work gives extensive accounts of Caracas and Bogotá, a shorter account of the trouble in Buenos Aires, and details of Simon Bolivar (to whom the work is dedicated) and the progress of the war of liberation. Griffin considers it, 'a wide-ranging and very interesting account, by an author personally engaged in numerous projects for economic development', adding that, 'almost all of the book relates to New Granada'. The two frontispieces depict 'The Author in the Travelling Costume of the Country' and 'Precipitous Descent of a Cordillera of the Andes'. The work is uncommon on the market, and ABPC only records one set at auction since 1975.
Abbey, Travel 718; Cundall 1197; Griffin, Latin America 3687; Palau 55908; Sabin 14072.