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MATHISON, Gilbert Farquhar

Narrative of a visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru, and the Sandwich Islands, during the years 1821 and 1822.  With miscellaneous remarks on the past and present state, and political prospects of those countries. 


London, Charles Knight, 1825.


8vo.  xii pp., (2) ff., 478 pp., (1) f. with advertisements, 4 coloured plates, 1 folding map of the Sandwich Islands.  Recent quarter calf.  

"(The author) put in at Rio and visited the Swiss settlement of Nova Friburgo, Canta Gallo, the Puré's Indian Mission at São Fidelis, and Santa Cruz.   Of the 170 pp. on Brazil the best passage is the description of the attempted Swiss colonization, at that time in full decay, and general remarks about Brazilian progress.   He notes the introduction of a few steam engines into Rio de Janeiro and the application to sugar mills.   From Rio, Mathison took an American brig to Chile, visited Peru . . ." (Borba de Moraes).   Griffin notes that the work "provides some interesting details on the colonization projects of John VI and on early Niterói and Nova Friburgo" Latin America.  A guide to the historical literature, 3857.   "Much information is given on the cultural life of the various places visited.  This is also true of Hawaii, and information is included on the natives, the missionaries, the government and the royal family, shipping, and the speculation of the King in the Canton trade" (Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, p. 194).  

Borba de Moraes (1983) 536.  Rodrigues 1565.  Bosch, Brasilen-Bibliothek, 360.  Sabin 46858.  Naylor 11.  Berger, Bibl. do Rio de Janeiro (1980), 303.  Abbey 700.  Maggs, Bibl. Brasiliense, 295.  Leclerc (1878) 1615. 



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