FAWCETT, Brian [editor]. Exploration Fawcett. By P. H. Fawcett … Arranged from his manuscripts, letters, log-books, and records by Brian Fawcett. With Decorations by Brian Fawcett. London, Hutchinson, .
8vo. Original buckram with illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped), pictorial map endpapers; pp. xv, 312, plates after photographs, illustrations after drawings in the text; wrappers with two repaired margianl tears; otherwise a very good copy with neat ownership inscription dated April, 1953 to front fly-leaf.
Scarce first printing of the first edition of a classic and beautifully produced mid-century travel book. Lieutenant Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett DSO was a geographer, artillery officer, cartographer, archaeologist, and explorer of South America. He disappeared in 1925 (along with his eldest son, Jack, and one of Jack's friends, Raleigh Rimmell) during an expedition to find 'Z' - the name he had given to an ancient lost city which was believed to exist in the jungles of Brazil. Peter Fleming's first book, Brazilian Adventure is the narrative of a crack-brained and amateurish expedition (with Fleming in the team) ostensibly to look for Fawcett, the missing explorer.