SPIX, Johann Baptist von, and Karl Friedrich Philip von MARTIUS. Travels in Brazil, in the Years 1817-1820. Undertaken by Command of His Majesty the King of Bavaria. London, Longman, Hurst, etc., 1824.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spines ornamented in gilt, and lettered in gilt on morocco labels; renewed endpapers; pp. xvi, 327; viii, [recte 17] - xix (actually continuation of list of contents of vol. I), 298; with nine steel engraved plates throughout both volumes, including frontispieces; light rubbing to boards and extremities; foxing to plates as usual; stab-hole to beginning and initial few pages of volume one; ownership inscription in pencil to front fly-leaf of vol. II; light even toning to paper-stock; a good set.
The first English edition of the Bavarian (more precisely: Franconian) biologists' early travels in Brazil. Both had been influenced by Naturphilosophie, Lamarck and inspired by Humboldt. These two volumes are a partial translation of their 1823 Reise in Brasilien and the English editor took care to balance the natural history ascpects with the observations of indiginous population, and the life of the settlers, mainly along the river Amazon and its tributaries. Fewer preliminary pages called for in the bibliography.
Borba de Moraez p. 829.