The Naturalist in La Plata

HUDSON, W.H. The Naturalist in La Plata.

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HUDSON, W.H. The Naturalist in La Plata. Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1892.

8vo. Original green cloth, colour vignette of coypu to front, gilt lettering to spine;pp. viii + 384 + 40 [ads.], 27 black and white plates and text illustrations by J. Smit; a little foxing throughout, otherwise very good.
First edition. One of only around 1000 copies. This was Hudson's first book to achieve any real popularity after enthusiastic support by Alfred Russel Wallace: "Some years back there appeared Mr. W. H. Hudson's work A Naturalist in La Plata. It was widely read, I believe, but that was a finer work than Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle or my own Malay Archipelago" (The Book Monthly, May 1905). It addresses all types of Argentinian fauna, from birds and mammals to insects and domesticated animals, and is distinguished by Hudson's keen eye for curious behaviour.