A two years’ cruise off Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and in the River Plate: a narrative of life in the southern seas ...

London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857.

2 vols, 8vo, pp. I: xv, [1], 376, with 3 coloured plates and 2 folding maps, II: viii, 368, with 3 coloured plates and a folding map; occasional thumb marks and light foxing, marginal foxing to plates, marginal tears to upper corners of vol. I pp. 13-16 (without affecting text) and vol. II pp. 185-188 (with partial loss of pagination); overall good in original embossed blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, advertisements to pastedowns; vol. I skilfully rebacked with spine laid down, some wear to extremities and light marks to covers.


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First edition, with attractive coloured lithographed plates after drawings by the author.

William Parker Snow (1817–1895) led an extraordinary life, living wild in the Australian bush, saving a man from a shark attack off the coast of Africa, serving as an amanuensis to Thomas Babington Macaulay, and searching for Sir John Franklin aboard the Prince Albert.

‘In 1854 Snow went to Patagonia in command of the South American Missionary Society’s vessel Allen Gardiner, and for two years carried missionaries and their stores between Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and stations on the mainland. This service ended in a disagreement between him and the superintending missionary at the Falkland Islands, who deposed Snow from his command for disobedience, and left him and his wife to find their own way to England. On his arrival Snow published A Two Years’ Cruise ... which had some success, but he spent the proceeds on an unsuccessful action against the missionary society’ (ODNB).

Hill, p. 1599; Sabin 85559.

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