A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America, Giving an Account of the Author's Abode there...

WAFER, Lionel.

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Place Published: London
Publisher: James Knapton
Date Published: 1699

Description: The Indian Inhabitants, their Features, Complexions, & c. their Manners, Customs...With Remarkable Occurrences in the South Sea, and elsewhere. Folding map of Panama. 3 folding copperplates. [6], 224pp. + 12pp. index and 2pp of publisher's ads. Small 8vo, full paneled contemporary calf, spine worn and recased, front and back cover edges worn, one plate with a one inch tear in fold with no loss of text, page 99 chipped in right margin. London: James Knapton, 1699. First Edition

Comments: Author was a surgeon who joined other buccaneers on a voyage to Panama. They went inland and captured the town of Santa Maria. They then sailed the Pacific as far south as the Juan Fernandez Islands. On his return trip through Panama, Wafer was injured in a gunpowder accident. He spent several months with the Indians of Darien. During this time he treated the Indians' ailments. "...it (this work) is still an extremely interesting and valuable account of the people (Darien Indians) while they retained their primitive and savage freedom." Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. XX, p. 427. "This work contains one of the best accounts of the Isthmus of Panama, and the Native Indians." Hill, 1796. Sabin 100940. Field 1617; Cox II, 247. Internally, a bright, tight copy.

Edition: First
Binding: hardcover
Condition: good
Language: English
Type: Books

Book ID: 246023


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