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BULLAR, Joseph & Henry

A winter in the Azores; and a summer at the baths of the Furnas.  2 vols. 


London, John van Voorst, 1841.


8vo.  I: xiv, 375 pp., with 18 vignettes in the text;  II: ix, 390 pp., (5) ff. with meteorological observations and publishers’ catalogue, with 9 vignettes in the text.  With vignettes on title pp. & coloured engraved frontispieces in both vols.  Original cloth (worn, hinges starting to split).   Manuscript annotations on last f. & back free end-paper.

 “The extraordinary journals of the Bullar brothers stand as the sine qua non of Azorean travel literature, giving one of the most thorough accounts available on Azorean social and cultural life in the mid-19th century.   The brothers spent some eight months in the islands on a convalescent trip and provide descriptions of everything from funerals and architecture to the hot springs of Furnas, capturing the spirit of the Azores with eyes sensitive to detail and attuned to the pace and subtle rhythms of the day-to-day action of the inhabitants.   The authors also include beautiful woodcut illustrations of various island scenes” (Miguel Moniz, Azores [World bibliographical series, v. 221] 103).

Abbey, Travel in Aquatint & Lithography, I, 72.   João Afonso, Bibliografia geral dos Açores, 4411.   Canto, Bibliotheca Açoriana,  314.  



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